IFA 2014: Desire 820 with Octa-core 64-bit Chip Made Unveiled

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The newest device to complete HTC’s mid-range lineup was recently introduced at the Berlin event. The new Desire 820 is actually a successor for the 816 model, both of them in a category that HTC calls premium mid-range. The 816 model was quite a catch in the market when it was released, and HTC hopes to repeat the same performance with the 820 model.

The Smartphone features a 5.5-inch display with 720p resolution, pretty much the same as its predecessor. The large size places it among the large size phones, weighing only 155 grams, with a 7.75 millimeters thin profile.

Besides its physical aspect, what gathers a lot of attention is the 64-bit Octa-core chip that powers the device. The Desire 510 was the first Smartphone revealed by HTC to power the 64-bit chip, but the 820 features a superior Snapdragon 615 chip, with eight A53 cores running at up to 1.5 GHz and also an Adreno 405 GPU.

This whole configuration put together will definitely power other mid-range devices planned to release in the next six months. This will also call for a 64-bit compatible OS, but HTC announced its participation with some fast rollouts for the L release expected later this fall.

HTC decided to bring 2GB of RAM to compete with the Snapdragon 615 chip. There is also 16 GB of expandable storage. The battery is only 2,600, but this should be enough to hold that much power, while the signature BoomSound speakers should provide a loud and clear sound experience.

Regarding the camera features of the Desire 820, there is a 13 MP f 2.2 camera in the front of the device, while the front one offers 8MP as well as several software modes to enhance the selfies. Connectivity speaking, the Smartphone, is a category 4 LTE device, which can hold up to 150 Mbps, which will ship in some markets in a dual-SIM configuration.

HTC Desire 820 presents a glossy plastic unibody shell available in multiple two-tone configurations. At launch, the device will be available in marble white (glossy), Tuxedo Grey (Matte), Santorini White (glossy), Milky-way Gray (glossy), Tangerine White (glossy), Saffron Grey (glossy), Flaming Grey (glossy), and Blue Mist (glossy).

There is no official word regarding the pricing yet, or the carrier compatibility, but it is expected to cost up to $300 or $400 unlocked. It will become available worldwide at the end of this month.

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