HTC has announced its first Desire smartphone to run Android 5.0 Lollipop OS out of the box – Desire 826. This is the second smartphone announcement by the Taiwanese smartphone maker today as the company had earlier announced its new entry-level Desire 320 smartphone. The Desire 826 is the successor of the Desire 820 smartphone that was unveiled by HTC late last year.
The upper mid-range smartphone offering comes with a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 display, 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset clocked at 1.7GHz, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage with a microSD card slot for further expansion, 2,600mAh battery, 13MP rear camera with a bright f2.0 aperture lens, 4MP UltraPixel front-facing camera, 4G LTE connectivity, dual-SIM support for select markets and a 2,600mAh capacity battery. The 4MP UltraPixel front-facing camera is great news for all you selfie fanatics out there as you will now be able to take great selfies even under low-light thanks to the high sensitivity of the UltraPixel sensor. It gets the hidden BoomSound front-facing stereo speakers too, with enhanced Dolby Audio feature this time. The smartphone also boasts of the new HTC Desire EYE Experience camera feature that was rolled out to the company’s flagship One M8 smartphone recently. The dimensions of the smartphone are 158 x 77.5 x 7.9mm and it weighs 183 grams.
The Desire 826 comes with a design very familiar to the Desire Eye smartphone and comes in four exciting color options. HTC is also going to offer a Dot View case for the smartphone when it launches around the world by the end of this month. A sign up page for the smartphone has already shown up on HTC’s US website, which confirms the US availability of the smartphone. However, it isn’t clear if any US carrier will be offering the smartphone or if it will only be sold unlocked. No pricing info has been shared by HTC yet.