HTC Desire 820 First Look: Premium Design and Lovely Display, What Else?


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Every company has many ups and down, and HTC is no different. The Taiwanese handset maker too had negative sentiments around its survival until this year the Desire 816 went out to become a money spinner.

Not only it was a successful handset but the device initially managed to transform the mid-range market in select markets worldwide, including India.

HTC Desire 820 First Look

Today, many observers think that HTC is back on its feet, all thanks to the insane success of the Desire 816. While the HTC Desire 816 is selling like hotcakes, the firm on Tuesday launched the Desire 820 - the world's first 64-bit Qualcomm-based Android smartphone.

HTC Desire 820 First Look


HTC's Desire 820 is not competing with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or its very own the One (M8), rather the handset should be seen as a premium mid-end phone, catering to aspiration class.

The follow-up to the Desire 816 packs a super fast 64-bit processor and an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter, which seems to be enough to engage users in the long run. HTC says the Desire 820 is going ro release in India in early November but we're not sure about the retail price. Now, the question arises is, has the Desire 820 looks like a complete phone?

HTC Desire 820 First Look

We've have gone hands-on with the seductive looking the Desire 820 at an event held in Delhi. Here's what we thought about the device.

HTC Desire 820: Form Factor, Design, Display and Operating System (OS)

The Desire 820 should be seen as a cheap alternative to the HTC One (M8). The newly introduced handset in the Desire series mimics a HTC One (M8) like style but in a plastic body. Definitely, it's thinner and lighter than its predecessor, the Desire 816.

HTC Desire 820 First Look

With the HTC Desire 820, the company has introduced a new production process what they call it as "double shot color technology". It basically allows using different colors of plastic to be squashed together and form an integrated casing.

HTC Desire 820 First Look

Despite being a giant piece of slab, the phone feels great in the hand. Notably, we found the Desire 820 to be pocket friendly. However, the plastic casing seems to be slippery at times. All together the plastic-made HTC Desire 820 is a solid piece of hardware.

HTC Desire 820 First Look

While HTC has made changes in the design department, there's hardly any different about the 5.5-inch LCD 2 display (720p). That means it remains at 5.5-inches and 720p HD screen resolution. Though, we'd have expected at least a FHD screen.

Dual-frontal speakers on the phone are really powerful based on our brief testing. The right hand side of the Desire 820 houses the power/lock button and volume rocker, the top houses the headset jack, and the Micro-USB charging port is on the bottom. You'll notice the microSD card and SIM card slots on the left side.

HTC Desire 820 First Look

Our demo unit was running the Android 4.4 (KitKat) with Sense 6.0 on top. But we're told that the retail version would come running the latest Android L update, when the device goes on sale in early November. Sense 6.0 includes brilliant features such as BlinkFeed, HTC Zoe and support for the firm's DotView case.

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