Smile! HTC's Desire 820 packs selfie-friendly 8 megapixel front camera, 64-bit processor

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A little more than six months after HTC revealed the 5.5-inch Desire 816, the company is following up with its successor, the Desire 820. The new phone announced at IFA Berlin on Thursday is notable for its future-proof double-quad-core 64-bit processor and insane, selfie-ready 8-megapixel front camera.

The Desire 820 isn't the first phone to feature a 64-bit CPU—that honor goes to HTC's Desire 510 announced in late August. But the 510 is solidly in the low-end range of the market with its ho-hum screen resolution, paltry RAM, and meager storage. The new Desire 820, on the other hand, is a more upscale mid-range phone.

It would be tough to call the Desire 820 a high-end handset due to its 720p display in an era when even 1920-by-1080 isn't HD enough for most top-tier phones.

Nevertheless, there's a lot to like about the Desire 820. Beyond the 5.5-inch 720p display, the device has the aforementioned Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 64-bit CPU with 1.5GHz and 1 GHz quad-core CPUs that switch on and off depending on the performance needs of your current activity. The 820 will ship with an unspecified 32-bit build of Android. The 64-bit compatible Android L is on the horizon, but when Android L will actually arrive on pre-existing handsets is anybody's guess.

Beyond that 8MP front camera, the Desire 820 has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, a microSD expansion slot supporting an additional 128GB of storage, a 13MP rear camera, and dual "BoomSound" front speakers. For connectivity, the handset is loaded with LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and DLNA support.

HTC has also added a few gimmicky extras to the camera app in the 820, including Live Makeup, which lets you smooth out skin blemishes before saving a photo. The company's Photo Booth feature lets you capture several moments in one image, and an unnamed feature will let you mashup two faces together.

Pricing and a U.S. release date were not announced, but the company will begin global rollout of the Desire 820 this fall. Check back with Greenbot later this week for a hands-on look at the device from IFA.

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