Most people know HTC for its beautiful metallic flagships—the One M8, anyone?—but the company also offers an entire family of low- and mid-range phone for overseas markets. Announced back at IFA, the Desire 820 is HTC’s latest mid-range phone to offer the company’s brighter, bolder look. If you’re bored with the shiny metal that pervades the high-end market, HTC’s new polycarbonate beast is the perfect device for you.
The device is HTC’s latest 64-bit Android smartphone, thanks to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core CPU, which is perfect considering Android L supports 64-bit chips; of course, we don’t know if the Desire 820 is in the pipeline to receive the Android L treatment, but we imagine its somewhere on HTC’s list.
Specs of the Desire 820 include a 5.5-inch 720p screen, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, a 13-megapixel camera, Android 4.4 (with Sense 6), a 2600mAh batter and BoomSound front-facing speakers. Additionally, it will also offer support two SIM cards in some market, along with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera for high-quality selfies.
The design of the Desire 820 feels solid, if a little bit slippery. Polycarbonate typically feels slick and smeared after a while, and the Desire 820 isn’t exempt from that camp. However, the construction is solid, and overall we’re liking the design quite a bit. That border around the screen is a nice accent, giving the Desire 820 some great personality.
Release dates and pricing are still unknown as of now, though more information will likely be shared soon depending on your country and region. Check out the video above for a full hands-on.