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HTC Desire 820

Specifications

HTC Desire 820
HTC Desire 820 (Desire Series)
Graphics adapter
Qualcomm Adreno 405, Memory: 550 MHz, H.265-Decoder, OpenGL ES 3.1, DirectX 11.2
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
5.5 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel, Capacitive touchscree, 10 multitouch points, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 8.96 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: Audio combo-jack, Card Reader: MicroSD up to 128 GB (SD, SDHC, SDXC), Sensors: Acceleration sensor, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, digital compass, NFC, GPS, Glonass, DLNA, HTC Connect
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0, GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA+ (850, 900 and 2100 MHz), LTE Cat. 4 (bands 3, 7, 8 and 20), head SAR: 0.373 W/kg, body SAR: 0.323 W/kg
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.74 x 157.7 x 78.74 ( = 0.3 x 6.21 x 3.1 in)
Battery
Lithium-Polymer, 2600 mAh, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 17.8 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 455 h
Operating System
Android 4.4 KitKat
Camera
Webcam: 8 MP, main camera: 13 MP (both with BSI sensor, 1080p video)
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo speakers, Keyboard: Virtual keyboard, Power adapter, USB cable, headset, HTC Dot View, HTC Backup, Power To Give, HTC Guide, HTC Sense 6, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
155 g ( = 5.47 oz / 0.34 pounds), Power Supply: 58 g ( = 2.05 oz / 0.13 pounds)
Price
329 Euro

 

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Average Score: 81% - good
Average of 16 scores (from 25 reviews)
price: 70%, performance: 72%, features: 57%, display: 77% mobility: 77%, workmanship: 75%, ergonomy: 83%, emissions: 92%

Reviews for the HTC Desire 820

82% HTC Desire 820 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
Pumped up. With the Desire 820, HTC introduces the more powerful successor to the Desire 816. Although equipped with a 64-bit capable Snapdragon 615 processor, the smartphone still runs the older Google Android 4.4.4 KitKat and features a slimmer build as well as a lower price price point.
HTC Desire 820 Smartphone Review
Source: Kitguru English
After a thorough examination, it is safe to say HTC’s Desire 820 did not quite live up to our expectations. Things did not start too well, as for a phone costing £280, we would hope for a higher quality build than the glossy plastic finish the Desire 820 features – the OPPO R5 had a classy steel build, for instance. The phone, too, is over 10mm longer than other 5.5-inch devices.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/30/2015
80% HTC Desire 820 review
Source: Expert Reviews English
The HTC Desire 820's battery life may not be as good as its predecessor, but in every other respect it's easily the superior handset. With its decent screen, excellent performance and capable camera, it's one of the best budget phablets available today. It's a shame it doesn't come with HTC's new Sense 7 interface, instead making do with its predecessor, the slightly old-fashioned looking Sense 6 UI. That said there's a good chance of an update to Sense 7 (and Android 5.0) later this year.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/30/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% HTC Desire 820 review
Source: Gadget Show English
The HTC Desire 820 is decent phone with a lot of HTC’s cool software and design flourishes, but it’s hugely undercut by the second generation Moto G, especially now it supports 4G too. Unless that extra half inch of screen matters to you, we’d save our money - even if the Desire 820 looks this good.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% HTC Desire 820 review: Mixed performance mid-ranger
Source: Pocket Lint English
The HTC Desire 820 has plenty to offer: it's a refined day-to-day experience, with the Sense 6 interface offering plenty to set it apart from the competition. And we're sure it will be updated to Android Lollipop at some stage in the future, which will bring a number of benefits, including support for the 64-bit hardware beneath the phone's plastic skin.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/25/2015
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% HTC Desire 820 review: Mixed performance mid-ranger
Source: Pocket Lint English
The HTC Desire 820 has plenty to offer: it's a refined day-to-day experience, with the Sense 6 interface offering plenty to set it apart from the competition. And we're sure it will be updated to Android Lollipop at some stage in the future, which will bring a number of benefits, including support for the 64-bit hardware beneath the phone's plastic skin.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/24/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
5,5 Zoll Smartphone mit 64-Bit-Architektur
Source: APC Mag English
64-Bit-Architektur, 5,5 Zoll Display und eine hochwertige 13-/8-Megapixel-Kameras – das HTC Desire 820 bietet einige Ausstattungsmerkmale, die man ansonsten nur die obersten Smartphone-Gilde findet. Es ist allerdings schade, dass der Power-Prozessor mitunter konterproduktiv ist und sein Potential nicht voll ausspielen kann solange nicht Android 5.0 installiert ist.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/13/2015
70% HTC Desire 820 Review: Several Improvements and One Drawback
Source: NDTV Gadgets English
In almost every way, HTC has improved upon the Desire 816, and created a phone with a more attractive design, stellar camera performance, and more power for handling all kinds of tasks. But all these perks come at a cost - the battery life. If you are planning on buying the Desire 820, we'd suggest purchasing a battery pack along with it.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/24/2015
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 80% display: 70% mobility: 50% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 80%
HTC Desire 820 & Desire 820 dual SIM review: The doppelganger
Source: GSM Arena English
In a lot of ways the HTC Desire 820 is the natural continuation of the mid-range handset line and can be considered more or less an upgraded version of the Desire 816. It is a solid device on its own, but HTC could have tried a little harder and addressed some of the issues in its predecessor better. HTC has built-up a formidable reputation for offering some of the best-built devices on the market. The Desire 820 definitely looks put together well enough, but the choice of materials is a letdown, perhaps even more than with the Desire 816, and that's plain disappointing.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/20/2015
80% The super-powerful selfie phone
Source: Techradar English
It is clear that HTC has targeted the Asian market with the HTC Desire 820, an area where big screen handsets have taken off to an extent currently unseen here in the west. In order to keep costs down, this has meant that the screen has taken a resolution cut, maintaining HD status but at the most basic level. This put a downer on my whole experience with the Desire 820, especially having moved from the HTC One, a phone with a higher resolution and smaller screen. My initial concerns that the screen would be too big were soon wiped away; it doesn't take long to become accustomed to a handset of this size.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/21/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 60% features: 70% workmanship: 70%
HTC Desire 820 Review
Source: Phone Arena English
Our feelings about the HTC Desire 820 are favorable for the most part, which isn’t too shocking taking into account how the Desire 816 turned out. At the end of the day, the Desire 820 stands prominently amongst the mid-range market for its balanced qualities. Obviously, the piece of silicon that’s under the hood is arguably its most outstanding attribute, but there’s so much else to like about the handset. For one, its fun and lively design is a tantalizing change of scenery from the otherwise boring, plastic constructed slates we’re constantly bombarded with.If you’re to look online, you can snag the HTC Desire 820 from a variety of online sources for about $475 (without contract).
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/20/2014
HTC Desire 820: Hands On With the New 64-Bit Octa-Core Smartphone
Source: NDTV Gadgets English
The HTC Desire 820 is an incremental upgrade to the Desire 816. It will be quite impressive for a mid-range phone if priced between Rs. 25,000 and 30,000. The company has announced that it will go on sale in early November, and the price will only be known then. We will wait for the price to be confirmed before making any comments about value for money.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/24/2014
HTC Desire 820 hands-on review
Source: Stuff TV English
The Desire 820 is an attractive, well made (albeit slippery) handset, cherry-picking useful features from the One (M8) including its front-facing speakers, Sense 6.0 software, and Dot View case.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/07/2014
HTC Desire 820 hands-on review: Mid-range Android smartphone comes with Octa-core 64-bit processor
Source: PC Advisor English
We're waiting for an official UK price but we can predict the Desire 820 will cost around £300 and that's pretty good for a nice looking albeit plastic smartphone with a 13Mp rear camera and a 64-bit Octa-core processor ready for Android L. Look out for a full review soon.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/06/2014

Foreign Reviews

91% HTC Desire 820
Source: Smartphone Magazin - Heft 4/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 07/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 91%
91% HTC Desire 820
Source: Smartphone Magazin - Heft 3/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 05/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 91%
83% HTC Desire 820
Source: Android Magazin - Heft 2/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 83%
78% Groß, billig und gut?
Source: Tabtech German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/27/2015
Rating: Total score: 78% price: 70% performance: 80% display: 70% mobility: 80% workmanship: 70%
92% Das Mittelklasse Smartphone von HTC mit 64Bit Octacore
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/12/2015
Rating: Total score: 92% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 95% emissions: 90%
83% HTC Desire 820
Source: Connect - Heft 3/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 83%
HTC Desire 820
Source: Pocket Navigation German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/25/2015
91% Bitte ein 64-Bit
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/20/2015
Rating: Total score: 91% price: 71% mobility: 93%
80% HTC Desire 820
Source: Inside Handy German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
HTC Desire 820
Source: Area DVD - Heft 2/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2015
HTC Desire 820
Source: Mobi-Test - Heft 2/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2014
65% Recenzja HTC Desire 820: Nieprędko do lamusa
Source: Teleguru Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/12/2017
Rating: Total score: 65% display: 70% mobility: 60% workmanship: 70%

Comment

Model:

In the race to produce the highest powered smartphone, HTC has offered the HTC 820, complete with the world’s first octa core processor. This ultra-high speed processor is actually made up of two quad core processor capable of running 64 bit software. Packed into this mix is a 2 GB RAM enhanced with power saving capabilities. For those photography enthusiasts, there is a stunning 13 MP rear camera and impressive 8 MP front camera enriched with a comprehensive camera app package.

There is a built in memory of 16 GB which can be expanded up to 128 GB. Thus, you can stores tons of pictures, videos and other files. The phone has dual SIM card functionality, meaning you can switch between two telecommunications providers. This is especially handy if you travel a lot between two countries. The dual sim capability also ensures you have continual 4G connectivity despite crossing a border.

There is a HD screen measuring 5.5” with a resolutions of 720 x 1280 that is sufficiently vibrant. It is a slim with a height of 7.74 mm and a width of 78.7 cm, allowing the user's thumb to comfortably reach every corner. For music and movie fans, there is the in house developed HTC BoomSound stereo with crystal clear audio with minimal distortion. If you are looking for unmatched speed in a phone, the HTC 820 is definitely in the answer.

Qualcomm Adreno 405: Integrated graphics card for ARM based SoCs. Depending on the used SoC the clock rate is around 500 MHz and features 48 unified shaders. Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
615 MSM8939:

Mid-range ARM SoC with 8 CPU cores (Cortex-A53, 64-bit capable) and an Adreno 405 GPU. Manufactured in a 28 nm LP process.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
5.5":

This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.  

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
0.155 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


HTC:

High Tech Computer Corporation (HTC) is a Taiwanese manufacturer of mobile phones and other electronic products. In 2012, HTC stopped producing tablets under their own name. In 2012-2013, they faced heavy sales declines. Since then, the company is medium-sized in the smartphone sector. There are numerous reviews on HTC Smartphones (as of 2016).


81%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2014-09-14)