Remember our review of the HTC Desire 816? It was a lightweight phablet with a 5.5″ 720p screen, 1.6 GHz quad-core CPU and 8GB of on-board storage. We quite liked it.
Here, then, is the pretty similar Desire 820. It looks the same on the outside and has the very same screen, but the storage, CPU and camera specs have been ramped up significantly.
The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, 1.5 GHz Octa-Core & CPU 1.0 GHz Octa-Core CPU, with 16GB of on-board storage and 2GB RAM plus a microSD card for more storage. It’s got Cat 4 4G, that CPU is 64-bit and around back you’ll find a 13 megapixel f/2.2 aperture camera. Up front, for your selfies, an 8 megapixel shooter. Other specs include Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, WiFi, a 2600mAh battery, NFC and those dual speakers up front – aka BoomSound.
That trick multi-core CPU tech means that there’s separate CPU’s for light and intensive requirements. It should mean that your battery power lasts that little bit longer.
As you can see from some of these shots, it has a two-tone colour unibody with colour trims around the camera, flash and the buttons.
No details on pricing, but the slighty-lower-spec-Desire 816 is pretty cheap, and Peter Chou from HTC tells us…
With the HTC Desire 820, we’ve combined the most advanced technology with the best possible entertainment experience and bold, distinctive design, to deliver a handset that is both desirable and affordable.
…so hopefully this will be pretty cheap too. Availability will be announced “locally”.
HTC DESIRE 820 TAKES BIG-SCREEN PERFORMANCE TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Premium imaging experience and HTC BoomSound™ set a new standard for the mid-range
London, UK, 4th September 2014, – HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, has announced the HTC Desire 820, the successor to the popular HTC Desire 816. Powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 615 processor, with integrated 4G LTE Cat 4 connectivity and 64-bit, multi-core CPU, this new addition to the HTC Desire family delivers content on-the-go at exceptional speeds and with stunning clarity on its 5.5” high definition screen. Sporting a premium imaging experience and powerful HTC BoomSound™, the colourful, stylish HTC Desire 820 sets a new benchmark for mid-range smartphones.
“Our new HTC Desire model gives entertainment lovers exactly what they are looking for; a powerful, fast, stylish smartphone that delivers their favourite content on a big screen at a competitive price” said Peter Chou, HTC Corporation. “With the HTC Desire 820, we’ve combined the most advanced technology with the best possible entertainment experience and bold, distinctive design, to deliver a handset that is both desirable and affordable”.
Premium camera for stunning photos and selfies
For high quality selfies, the HTC Desire 820 features an 8MP front-facing camera, delivering impressive solo poses and effortless group shots. Enhancing the imaging experience, it also offers software that allows you to merge your features with those of a friend or celebrity for a completely original look, real time Live Makeup, which allows you to preview the image and set the desired level of skin smoothing before the image is captured and Photo Booth, where you can capture several moments in a single image.
Offering high-performance imaging, the phone’s rear camera, with f/2.2 aperture and a 13MP BSI sensor, captures incredible quality images in both daylight and low light, so your photos will be bursting with detail even as the sun goes down. If photography isn’t your strength, press and hold the shutter for rapid-fire and continuous shooting – ideal for capturing fast moving objects or for selecting your best image at a later date.
Advanced technology for ultimate performance
With the Snapdragon 615 processor, the HTC Desire 820 offers lightning-fast Cat 4 4G connectivity at speeds of up to 150mbps1. With an integrated LTE modem and the latest high performance multi-core, 64-bit processing power, entertainment lovers can revel in the ability to stream music, download films and juggle multiple social feeds or apps both smoothly and effortlessly.
Thanks to Qualcomm Technologies’ processing capabilities, with separate performance and low power clusters within the processor for managing intensive and lighter workloads, the HTC Desire 820 also operates at maximum power efficiency, ensuring you get more from your phone for longer.
Lose yourself in content
Whatever your surroundings, the HTC Desire 820 is perfect for immersing yourself in your favourite content. Whether gaming, watching TV or creating momentous video and photo sequences with Zoe™Highlights, you’ll lose yourself in the rich, clear sound offered by the front-facing stereo speakers and two powerful, dedicated amplifiers of HTC BoomSound™. The vivid, 5.5” high definition display also puts big-screen entertainment in your pocket for the ultimate no-compromise experience.
Bold, distinctive style
In true HTC style, quality doesn’t stop at performance. Bold, bright and sleek, the newest addition to the HTC Desire range features HTC’s double shot colour technology, which allows us to create a two-tone colour unibody, that is not only perfect for reflecting both personality and style, but that also improves device quality, strength and tolerance. With distinctive colour trims around the camera, buttons and flash, the two colours merge seamlessly into one another creating a slick look that really stands out from the crowd.
Available in an array of colours2 and featuring HTC’s iconic unibody design, the robust polycarbonate device is not only stylish but also boasts the excellent build quality that has become synonymous with HTC.
Cool and convenient, the HTC Desire 820 also supports HTC’s Dot View™ case, providing instant access to your phone without opening the cover. With a range of functions from answering calls and receiving and dismissing notifications with a simple swipe, this retro style case can be customised to suit any situation, with the ability to create your own wallpaper by selecting images from your gallery or from 18 different themes.
The HTC Desire will be available in selected territories worldwide. Regional availability will be announced locally