The HTC Desire 820 is a Flagship Phablet for the Midrange

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HTC has announced the Desire 820 at the IFA trade show in Berlin, positioning the device as a midrange flagship that directly follows up on this year’s HTC Desire 816.

The Desire 820 runs on an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset, which conjoins two quad-core processors, one clocked to 1.5GHz and the other to 1.0GHz. More notably, it comes with 64-bit support, which should boost the Desire’s performance with heavier apps, and future proof it for when the architecture becomes more prevalent. The SoC is joined by 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, the latter of which is expandable up to 128 GB via a microSD slot.

HTC Desire 820
When it comes to the display, the Desire 820 offers a 5.5-inch panel with 720p resolution. A 13-megapixel main shooter adorns its back and is countered by an 8-megapixel front-facing one, which is pretty high-res for a selfie taker. A 2600mAh battery powers the device. Per usual, the whole thing runs under HTC’s Sense UI.

The device looks to closely resemble the big-screened polycarbonate body of the Desire 816, which we’d approve of. On top of that, it’s a little bit thinner overall (at 7.74mm), and equipped with a “double-shot” design that HTC claims to better equip the build for the strain of daily use. The same great BoomSound speakers are still here as well.

The Desire 820 will first arrive globally sometime this month, though HTC says that exact release dates will vary by region. How much the device will cost was also not specified, but we’d guess that it won’t run might higher than the Desire 816’s $350 launch price.

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