The market of mid-range smartphones is welcoming some interesting and pretty impressive newbies that feature some tempting specs. One of these mid-rangers is the HTC Desire 820, a very capable handset that also comes in a dual-SIM version for those of you who are depending on two carriers. The list of specifications is rich and holds, among others, a 5.5 inches Super LCD2 display, a Snapdragon 615 chipset, 2 GB of RAM, a 13 MP primary camera and an 8 MP secondary one, front facing BoomSound stereo speakers and much more. Keep reading and see if it’s able to suit your needs, as I’ll try my best to cover its most important offerings.
In its retail box, the HTC Desire 820 is accompanied by a charger, a microUSB cable for making data connections and re-charging your unit and a pair of headphones.
In terms of appearance, the Desire 820 looks nice and is pretty compact for a device that’s carrying a 5.5 inches screen. It measures 157.7 x 78.7 x 7.7 mm and has a weight of 155 grams, which is more than reasonable for its size. Its slim profile is nice, adding a touch of elegance to its overall appearance, and also makes the device easier to manage. The design is really modern through its two-tone coloring, but fails to impress when it comes to its materials, as the plastic which has been used for designing it is a glossy surface which attracts fingerprints and gets smudgy if you don’t clean it from time to time. Oh well, this isn’t a premium device, so this downside may be forgiven.
The frontal part of the HTC Desire 820 is dominated by a 5.5 inches Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen which has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, a pixel density of 267 ppi and is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. The screen offers a decent image quality, with pleasant colors, very wide viewing angles and a good contrast. The sunlight legibility is also okay.
At the software area, the Desire 820 relies on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, which has been tweaked by the Taiwanese with their proprietary Sense 6 .0 interface. If you’re familiar with Android, you’ll feel right at home when browsing through the interface; otherwise, you’ll get accustomed to it in no time, as it’s very intuitive and user-friendly. You can customize your homescreens according to your wishes and one of them holds BlinkFeed, a feature that displays your relevant information from social networks or news websites.
In terms of hardware, the HTC Desire 820 is loaded with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset, having a quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 processor and a quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 one, Adreno 405 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 128 GB. The handset isn’t a premium performer, but does an excellent job as a mid-range one and will handle your tasks without any lag issues or any kind of inconveniences.
Let’s see what’s in the connectivity package. The HTC Desire 820 comes with support for quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE, 3G, LTE (area-dependent),dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, NFC and microUSB 2.0 with On-the-go support.
For surfing the web, you have the Android standard browser, which has been customized here and there by HTC and Google Chrome. Both of them are highly capable, offering support for multiple and incognito tabs, bookmarks, find on page, desktop view and more. Google Chrome is also able to sync with your other devices and compresses pages for minimizing the data usage.
The HTC Desire 820 comes packed with a 13 megapixels camera with autofocus which captures stills with a maximum resolution of 4160 x 3120 pixels and holds a LED flash for helping in low light conditions. The camera application offers a plethora of features, such as HDR, Panorama, manual settings for adjusting the ISO, white balance, exposure compensation and more. The photos delivered offer a great image quality, with beautiful and accurate colors, good contrast and a high amount of resolved detail.
The video camera is also very capable and will produce some wonderful 1080p videos @30 fps.
Also on board is a secondary 8 MP camera for allowing you to make video calls or take selfies.
Some other handy features offered by the HTC Desire 820 are a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps and Navigation for getting around, the Polaris Office 5 suite for handling document files, an FM Radio, Google Now as a personal assistant, the Android device manager for ringing or finding your phone if it gets misplaced (or lost) and more.
The HTC Desire 820 has a non-removable 2,600 mAh battery and will endure a day of intensive usage or almost two under a moderate one.