The HTC Desire 820 is a typical member of the manufacturer’s mid-range lineup. It bears all of the characteristic design features for the family – a two-tone unibody plastic shell, complete with particular color accents and an oversized camera lens on the back. The handset is surprisingly thin, measuring 157.7×78.74×7.74mm and also pretty light for its size at 155g.
HTC Desire 820 official images
The Desire 820 is shaping up as a successor to the popular HTC Desire 816. The display is identical – a 5.5-inch 1280 x 720px Super LCD2.
The front-facing BoomSound speakers are still present, which is definitely great news. The 13MP main camera is identical (at least on paper), while the front-facing shooter has been bumped-up to 8MP.
Other hardware improvements in the Desire 820 include a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 chipset with an octa-core Cortex-A53, 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 405 GPU.
- Available as Desire 820 dual SIM or Desire 820 with LTE support, cat. 4 LTE (150/50Mbps);
- 5.5″ 720p Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen, ambient light sensor
- Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 chipset (quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU), Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB of RAM
- Android 4.4.2 KitKat with HTC Sense 6.0
- 13MP autofocus camera, 1080p video capture, f/2.2, 28mm lens,LED flash
- 8MP front-facing camera with BSI sensor; 1080p video capture
- 16GB of built-in memory, expandable via the microSD card slot
- Wi-Fi b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0; GPS/GLONASS; FM radio; USB On-The-Go
- Active noise cancellation with a secondary microphone
- Front-facing stereo speakers
- 2,600mAh battery; Extreme Power Saving Mode
- Glossy finish is a magnet for fingerprints
- Plastic is glossy and easily gets smudged and scratched
- Rather small 2,600mAh battery
The HTC Desire 820 has a lot going for it as a solid mid-range device. It pretty much delivers everything that it promises – good camera quality for both shooters, solid sound and 4G LTE connectivity. The spirit of the Desire 816 is still pretty much present, but HTC has put a lot of effort into improving the phone in several departments.
HTC Desire 820 in-house unit
The button placement is a lot more convenient and the Desire 820 seems to offer a more polished experience as a whole. The smartphone market seems to be shifting its focus more on mid-range devices that are stepping in as the new driving force, especially in emerging Asian markets. HTC has definitely caught that tendency and is putting a lot of effort into its more budget-oriented devices.
But can the HTC Desire 820 live up to the popularity of its predecessor and satisfy cost-conscious consumer needs in an ever growing and increasingly dynamic smartphone market? Follow us to the next pages for our two cents on the matter.