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Sep
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If HTC's various members of the One family seem a little cold and lifeless to you, you'll appreciate the new Desire 820. This decidedly mid-range device uses a variety of color schemes on its polycarbonate shell, adding a bit of style to the company's standard unibody dual-speaker layout. The result is a look that blends the HTC One M8 and, oddly, the iPhone 5c. Check out those two-tone accents on some models.

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Inside the Desire 820, you'll find the first application of the Snapdragon 615, Qualcomm's middle-of-the-road 64-bit processor. HTC isn't saying what the clock speed is, but the standard implementation is an octa-core 1.8Ghz chip paired to an Adreno 405 GPU. (Note: Android won't actually support 64-bit processing until version L, so the Desire 820 will run in 32-bit mode until its KitKat software is upgraded.) HTC revealed the Desire 510 with a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 last month. Other specs include a 5.5" HD (read: 720p) screen, a 13MP rear camera, a surprisingly high-definition 8MP front-facing camera (for selfies, donchaknow), and Category 4 LTE. Some regions will also get a dual-SIM variant.

HTC Desire 820 Group

HTC's press release is a little light on details, but Engadget reports that the 820 has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage plus a MicroSD card, and a somewhat small 2600mAh battery that keeps the phone slim at just 7.7mm. The company will also release its unique Dot View case for the Desire 820, which will launch in "selected territories" at an unspecified time and price.

IFA, Berlin, Germany, 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.

Availability                                   

The HTC Desire will be available in selected territories worldwide. Regional availability will be announced locally.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • abhisahara

    As per the pdf here - http://blog.htc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/HTC-Desire-820-Specifications.pdf

    CPU SPEED

     Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 615

     1.5 GHz, Octa-Core CPUs & 1.0 GHz, Octa-Core CPUs

  • Dave

    @AndroidPolice
    Do you have any information about the Motorola event?
    When does it start and is there a livestream available?

    • Zak Taccardi

      I've been trying to figure this out too ><

    • Nathan

      I bet they are under embargo.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      We don't, and we aren't under embargo.

      Also: off topic.

    • Dave

      Ok, seems like it's a private event and there won't be any news until tomorrow :(

      https://plus.google.com/+DerekRoss/posts/Hx6nrqv1pJJ

  • Rafael Luik

    Cute. :}
    HTC always have inspired designs.

  • http://adonisk.com Adonis K.

    Damn that cyan looks hawt
    ps: Are the image names supposed to troll us or something? "nexus2cee"

  • Fabrice T.

    I don't know for you guys but i really really like the design of this phone!
    It looks like a sexier version of my Nexus 5!

  • Samvith V Rao

    That was a horrible ad! made me cringe

  • Drake

    Gonna be released around the 26th of September