The Desire 826 is the first HTC handset to come with Android Lollipop out of the box.
HTC unveiled the Desire 826, a successor to the Desire 820, at CES earlier this month, and the company has now announced that it will go on sale in China on January 29th. The device is priced at CNY 2,300 ($370) for the 16GB model and CNY 2,500 ($400) for the 32GB version, and will be available from HTC’s online store and a couple of other retailers in the country.
The Desire 826 is an incremental upgrade over the Desire 820, with the most notable change being the move to Android Lollipop, which should allow the phone to make full use of the 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon chip (clocked at 1.7GHZ) ticking away inside. The front camera has been switched from a standard 8MP unit to a 4MP UltraPixel sensor, the display is more sharp thanks to a jump to 1080p resolution, and consumers can choose from a model with higher internal storage.
The rest of the specs include a 13-megapixel rear camera, 2GB of RAM, a microSD slot, stereo front-facing BoomSound speakers, dual SIM slots, LTE connectivity, and a 2,600mAh battery. HTC hasn’t said anything about a global rollout, but the Desire 826 is expected to make its way to Asia-Pacific markets and the US at some point of time this year.