Customers look at HTC smartphones in a mobile phone shop in Taipei
Customers look at HTC smartphones in a mobile phone shop in Taipei in this July 30, 2013 file photo. Taiwanese smartphone vendor HTC Corp said on May 6, 2014 it projects revenue in April-June to almost match that of a year earlier thanks primarily to sales of new flagship One M8 beating those of its predecessor. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

HTC has unveiled the Desire 826 handset at the CES 2015 event. This device is the successor to the well-received Desire 820 released in November 2014. Notably, the HTC Desire 826 release date is pegged for Q1 2015. Readers who are interested in purchasing the HTC Desire 820 or the upcoming HTC Desire 826 should check out this comparison.

Display And Design

The Desire 820 comes with a 5.5-inch LCD display and 720 x 1,280 pixels resolution. Meanwhile, the latest Desire 826 also features the same 5.5-inch display; however, the resolution has been improved to 1,080 x 1,920 pixels. Therefore, the pixel densities of the predecessor and the successor stand at 267 ppi and 401 ppi, respectively.

When it comes to design, the HTC Desire 826 reportedly resembles the predecessor and also the recently released Desire EYE. The handset comes with a shiny plastic chassis, accentuated by subtle colours to give the contemporary look. Notably, the sides of the device feature a rubbery texture and this in turn, gives good grip. Moreover, this device also comes with HTC BoomSound speakers that are enclosed behind thin lines and located at the area where the display panel touches the top and bottom bezels, notes Phone Arena.

Moving on to the predecessor Desire 820, the device features a bold, bright and sleek exterior. HTC apparently has capitalised on the double-shot colour technology to get the two-tone colour unibody. Particularly, this colour technology refines the overall look of the handset. Like many other mid-range devices, the Desire 820 is also built with polycarbonate/plastic material, according to HTC.

Hardware, Software And Memory

Both the Desire handsets are powered by the same (Qualcomm Snapdragon 615) SoC. However, the Desire 826 is clocked at a combination of four 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 cores and four 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 cores. The Desire 820, on the other hand, is clocked at a combination of four 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 cores and additional four 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 cores. Plus, both the devices come with a respectable 2 GB of RAM.

On the software end, the predecessor runs on Android v4.4.2 (KitKat), whereas the successor runs on the latest Android v5.0.1 (Lollipop), along with HTC Sense UI. When it comes to memory configuration, both the phones come equipped with 16 GB of internal storage and microSD card support for expansion up to 128 GB.

Camera And Battery

Surprisingly, both the smartphones sport the same 13 MP primary camera with LED flash. However, HTC has demoted the 8 MP front-facing unit seen in the predecessor to 4 MP in the successor Desire 826. Moving on to the battery specification, both the devices house the same 2,600 mAh battery unit. This battery can provide up to roughly 22 hours of 3G talk-time and 424 hours of 3G stand-by time.

Additional Features

Both the handsets employ nano-SIM. Although both the devices support 4G LTE, none of them support NFC and Infrared port.

Furthermore, the Desire 820 comes in Marble White, Tuxedo Grey, Santorini White, Milky-way Grey, Tangerine White, Saffron Grey, Flamingo Grey, Blue Misty and Monarch Orange hues. Even though, HTC has not detailed the colour options specific to the latest Desire 826, there will reportedly be a slew of colour choices like the predecessor.


The Desire 820 was reportedly priced at $475 without a contract, when the device debuted in 2014. Therefore, the HTC Desire 826 will roughly be priced at the same range, if not, a tad more, opines Phone Arena. Meanwhile, HTC has introduced a segment called "Tell me when the HTC Desire 826 is available" on its official Web site. Interested buyers can leave their email ID and country name, so that HTC will inform the buyer, when the handset becomes available in the selected region.

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