The HTC Desire 820 is all about appealing to specification geeks, there really isn't any point in hiding it. Android's first 64-bit, octa-core chipset (Snapdragon 615), a 13MP camera, an 8MP selfie camera, and a big 5.5" screen. This is a phone for the hardware geek on a budget, and budget it is: the 820 will retail in Europe for just 329 Euros.

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We had the opportunity to sit down with the 820 at IFA, and while the numbers are big, the phone still feels well-within its price bracket. The plastic, shiny casing of the 820 definitely doesn't evoke much "premium" sentiment, if anything it's a bit cheap to the touch, reminding me that this is, indeed, a phone built to a price.

That aside, the 820 seems like a pretty good high-end-of-the-mid-range sort of phone. The Snapdragon 615 chip has it moving along quickly, and given that the screen is 720p, I have to imagine that the octa-core processor will be able to chew through just about anything you throw at the 820. We didn't have a chance to test the camera, but frankly, almost anything is better than HTC's Ultrapixel / Duo Camera at this point - those megapixels are badly-needed, and it's a good thing the 820 has them. Whether the pictures it produces will impress, though, remains to be seen.

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The 8MP camera at the front, though, is probably more attractive to the budget-minded buyer the Desire line is looking for. The wide-angle lens and high resolution will produce crisp and sharp selfies, a feature apparently in high demand in Asian markets, as are the many colorful colors the Desire 820 will be available in.

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HTC says a Dot View case specific to the 820 is coming, too, if that's something you're interested in. Overall, the 820 seems like a totally respectable phone for the frugal spec junkie, but that's probably the reason you'll never see it in America: there isn't much of a market for that here.

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