HTC has a new phone for the midrange, the HTC Desire 820, paving the way to Android L with another 64-bit handset. Following in the footsteps of the Desire 816, the new 5.5-inch 720p HD smartphone packs Qualcomm’s 1.5GHz Snapdragon 615 octacore with 2GB of memory and 16GB of storage.
The 13-megapixel main camera gets an LED flash and an f/2.2, 28mm lens with 1080p video recording. On the front, meanwhile, there’s an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p; HTC preloads apps to make virtual photo booth composites, along with a digital makeup tool to smooth out wrinkles, and “Face Fusion” to blend elements of two faces into one.
There’s also compatibility with the HTC Zoe app to create, share, and remix Zoe Highlight videos.
Inside, there’s 4G LTE and HSPA+, along with Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, WiFi a/b/g/n (2.4/5GHz), and GPS/GLONASS. The usual ambient light, proximity, and accelerometer sensors are present, plus a digital compass, and there’s a microSD slot good for up to 128GB cards.
HTC BoomSound speakers flank the 5.5-inch LCD display, while the embedded 2,600 mAh battery is good for up to 22.4hrs of 3G talk time, or up to 424hrs of 3G standby. Certain markets will get a dual-SIM version, too.
Nine finishes will be on offer - Marble White (glossy), Tuxedo Grey (matte), Santorini White (glossy), Milky-way Grey (glossy), Tangerine White (glossy), Saffron Grey (glossy), Flamingo Grey (glossy), Blue Mist (glossy), and Monarch Orange (glossy) - each using double-shot twin color plastic shells that have bright highlights around the buttons and camera.
HTC says the Desire 820 will hit shelves from the end of September, though isn’t confirming pricing or specific carriers at this stage.