News by Luke Jones on Thursday September 04, 2014.
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HTC may be continuing to struggle, but it is getting increasingly difficult to blame the company's hardware (or lack thereof) for the decline. Last year there simply were not enough HTC devices at various price tiers in key markets, but that's a different story now. The Taiwanese giant launched its latest here at IFA today in the shapely form of the Desire 820, a sequel to the 816 launched earlier this year.Of course, the Desire range is HTC's something a little less range, lacking the full flagship shebang of the One or Butterfly series'. However the Desire's are pretty broad, ranging from the available to anyone Desire 210 to the flagship baiting Desire 816 that is being replaced here. The 820 does a good job of ticking all the right boxes to be a solid mid-range effort, although since the 816 is only a few months old, was this handset necessary? From a tech standpoint it was, as this smartphone gets a 64-bit processer in the form of Qualcomm's new octa-core Snapdragon 615 paired with 2GB of RAM. HTC is one of the first companies really getting behind 64-bit architecture for its lesser devices and while the tech will pay dividends in the near future, it is pointless until Google releases Android L, which gets OS support for 64-bit chips. However, HTC has confirmed that the Desire 820 will be in line to get L when it is launched, so expect to get the most from that chipset eventually. Design wise, the Desire 820 is another good looking HTC effort and in some color options is outright gorgeous, although we already knew that as this is the same polycarbonate shell used on the 816. It still has those BoomSound front facing speakers and aesthetic flourishes like a colored ring around the camera lens. The Desire 820 is the high end model in the range, so aside from the 64-bit chip the handset gets some solid mid-range specs. It gets a 5.5-inch 720p screen, a solid if unspectacular 13 megapixel camera on the rear, an 8 megapixel lens on the front, 16GB of on-board storage, and microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC support up to 128GB. It is hard not to be impressed by the Desire 820, simply because it is a true mid-range phone, bespoke for this price point. It will rollout globally early in the fall, and while HTC has not given price details it should match the Desire 816, which currently retails for around $350 in the US although prices vary from region to region.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at Glamorgan University before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news.