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

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 4 Sep 2014

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 insane, selfie-ready 8-megapixel front camera.

The Desire 820 isn’t the first phone to feature a 64-bit C—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, meager storage. The new Desire 820, on the other h, is a more upscale mid-range phone.

It would be tough to call the Desire 820 a high-end hset 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 C with 1.5GHz 1 GHz quad-core Cs that switch on 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 /a> is on the horizon, but when Android will actually arrive on pre-existing hsets is anybody’s guess.

Beyond that 8Mfront camera, the Desire 820 has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, a microSD expansion slot supporting an additional 128GB of storage, a 13Mrear camera, dual “BoomSound” front speakers. For connectivity, the hset is loaded with E, 802.11a/b/g/n -Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, DA support.

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

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