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HTC releases heavy hitting Desire 820 smartphone

HTC Desire 820The new Desire 820 smartphone from HTC is making waves thanks to an advanced bit of hardware that puts it beyond most high end models.

HTC had experienced a lot of up and downs when it comes to their products. Some of their devices have tested well and gained their supporters, but they never quite manage to claw their way over other brands, in spite of having some pretty good smartphones.

Now they might have broken free of that curse. The Desire 820 will be the first to feature  Qualcomm’s Octacore Snapdragon 615 1 and 1.5 Ghz processing chips.

How will that be supported on Android 4.4 (Kit-Kat), which can barely maintain a quadcore processor? It won’t…the Desire 820 is waiting for Android L (Lemon Meringue Pie), which is set to be released at the end of this year.

Tech Specs

The rest of the specs are pretty standard. It comes with 16 GB on board storage with a microSD slot for expansion (up to 128 GB), and 2 GB of RAM. It will support 2G, 3G and 4G connection speeds, as well as the usual WiFi. It will have a  2600 mAh battery. All what you would expect.

But the new Android compatibility, and the chance to see the Snapdragon’s latest and greatest in action, makes the Desire 820 the one to beat. At least for the moment, until other brands start jumping on board and offering an octacore with their devices.

Pit those against the latest coming out of the IFA show from Samsung and Sony. Both use the usual quadcore CPU, but most are the same technical specs, otherwise. HTC is usually cheaper, so they could have an edge this time around.

In addition to the above specs, the Desire 820 will have an 8 MP front facing camera, and a 13 MP rear camera, both respectable pixel rates. It comes with features like Live Makeup and Photo Booth, for smoothing the image, and capturing several images at once.

I have to say it, I am excited. Not so much about the phone itself, which seems moderate in most regards. But to see the octacore processor, and how it will interact with Android’s latest release.

Having owned an HTC in the past, it was alright. It was an affordable option, wasn’t a flagship so was moderate on features, but it served me well for about a year.

This will be an interesting leap int heir technology, and a peek into what will be coming from other brands once they take the new chip on board themselves.

Source: HTC

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