For the first time in ages, HTC made a splash in the mid-range Android décor earlier this year thanks to the massive yet affordable Desire 816, so it shouldn’t come as a shocker the One creators are now dedicating extra attention and resources to the born-again Desire line.
Oh, the irony. HTC spent an awful lot of time and money to make all-aluminum slabs prominent and ultimately pressure Samsung into going the same pricey design route, yet at the end of the day the Taiwanese seem to be circling back to plastic.
The One E8, if marketed correctly and advertised aggressively, probably has a bigger blockbuster potential than the M8. Meanwhile, the Desire 816 is a genuine budget phablet trendsetter, and the just-announced 820 could well be the mainstream hit HTC so badly needs… if priced accurately.
Say, at $400. $450 tops. The brand new 5.5 incher clearly needs a strong distribution push as well to wholly fulfil its great potential, plus, most importantly, a swift Android L update. Powered by a 64-bit-capable octa-core (!) Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chip, the Desire 820 is currently stuck with an OS, Android 4.4 KitKat, that merely supports 32-bit processing.
But Lemon Meringue Pie (Lollipop?) is coming, and HTC recently claimed it would bring its One flagships up to date within 90 days of the port’s release. Surely, the 820 can better benefit from a software bump, so we’d expect a similarly zippy turnaround.
Not that the upper mid-ranger isn’t attractive as things stand. The octa-core SoC is punchy on KitKat too, especially when paired with 2 GB RAM, up from 1.5 on the Desire 816. The LCD panel is just as… appeasing, at 1,280 x 720 pixels, while the imaging department is beyond the wildest dreams of budget-sensible tech users, retaining the winning 13 MP rear snapper and adding an 8 MP selfie-dedicated front cam in the mix.
Wow, 8 megapixels for selfies and video calls. That’s the dream, isn’t it? Aesthetically, the Desire 820 is slightly improved too, featuring a colorful two-tone polycarbonate unibody and slender figure (7.7 mm, 155 grams).
What else? Oh, yeah, audio quality is as outstanding as on the One M8, courtesy of front-facing BoomSound stereo speakers, and battery life is possibly this bad boy’s only flaw. 2,600 mAh of juice sounds hardly enough to withstand the pressures of the beefy 64-bit CPU. But if it’s to cost less than $450 in late September, when it’s to go on sale globally, we’ll try to live with it.
Source: HTC Blog