HTC Desire 820 Review


The HTC Desire 820 is a typical member of the manufacturer’s mid-range lineup. It bears all of the characteristic design features for the family – a two-tone unibody plastic shell, complete with particular color accents and an oversized camera lens on the back. The handset is surprisingly thin, measuring 157.7×78.74×7.74mm and also pretty light for its size at 155g.


The Desire 820 is shaping up as a successor to the popular HTC Desire 816. The display is identical – a 5.5-inch 1280 x 720px Super LCD2.
The front-facing BoomSound speakers are still present, which is definitely great news. The 13MP main camera is identical (at least on paper), while the front-facing shooter has been bumped-up to 8MP.
Other hardware improvements in the Desire 820 include a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 chipset with an octa-core Cortex-A53, 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 405 GPU.


Key Features

– 5.5″ 720p Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen, ambient light sensor
– Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 chipset with 1.6GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU, Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB of RAM
– Android 4.4.2 KitKat with HTC Sense 6.0
– 13MP autofocus camera, 1080p video capture, f/2.2, 28mm lens,LED flash
– 8MP front-facing camera with BSI sensor; 1080p video capture
– 16GB of built-in memory, expandable via the microSD card slot
– Wi-Fi b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0; GPS/GLONASS; FM radio; USB On-The-Go
– Active noise cancellation with a secondary microphone
– Front-facing stereo speakers
– 2,600mAh battery; Extreme Power Saving Mode

Main disadvantages

– Glossy finish is a magnet for fingerprints
– Plastic is glossy and easily gets smudged and scratched
– Rather small 2,600mAh battery


The HTC Desire 820 has a lot going for it as a solid mid-range device. It pretty much delivers everything that it promises – good camera quality for both shooters, solid sound and 4G LTE connectivity. The spirit of the Desire 816 is still pretty much present, but HTC has put a lot of effort into improving the phone in several departments.



January 2015
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