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

At CES 2015, HTC introduced the Desire 826 and this handset is the successor to the well-received HTC Desire 820. Also readers should note that the HTC Desire 826 release date is slated for Q1 2015. Meanwhile, the camera-centric HTC Desire EYE was released in November 2014. Readers who are interested in purchasing the HTC Desire EYE or the new HTC Desire 826 should check out this comparison.

Display And Design

The Desire EYE comes with a 5.2-inch display and 1,080 x 1,920 pixels resolution. Meanwhile, the Desire 826 features a slightly bigger 5.5-inch display but the resolution is same as the EYE. Therefore, the pixel densities of the Desire Eye and the Desire 826 stand at 424 ppi and 401 ppi, respectively.

When it comes to design, the Desire 826 resembles the predecessor Desire 820 and also the Desire EYE. The phone comes with a glossy plastic chassis, accentuated by subtle hues to give the contemporary look. Moreover, the sides of the handset feature a rubbery texture and this, in turn, provides good grip. This handset also comes with HTC BoomSound speakers that are craftily enclosed behind thin lines and placed at the area where the display panel touches the top and bottom bezels, according to Phone Arena.

Moving on to the Desire EYE, the device features a high-quality plastic chassis. Evidently, HTC has focused on perfecting the camera unit of the handset. Hence, HTC's infamous "Duo Camera" mounted on the flagship One M8 is not part of the Desire EYE; instead, the handset comes with very impressive camera software enhancements. Plus, the phone features a physical camera shutter button, unlike other devices. On the whole, the EYE has everything a flagship smartphone should feature, notes ZDNet.

Hardware, Software And Memory

The Desire Eye is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, whereas the Desire 826 is powered by a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC. Despite the difference, both the handsets are backed by a respectable 2 GB of RAM.

On the software end, the Desire EYE runs on Android v4.4.4 KitKat, whereas the Desire 826 runs on the latest Android v5.0.1 Lollipop, along with Sense UI. When it comes to memory specification, both the devices come equipped with 16 GB of internal storage capacity and microSD card support for expansion up to 128 GB.

Camera And Battery

Surprisingly, both the handsets sport the same 13 MP primary camera. While the Desire EYE being the camera-centric phone houses dual-LED flash, the latest device settles for LED flash. Moving on to the secondary camera, the HTC Desire 826 sports a 4 MP front-facing unit, while the Desire EYE thrashes the latest device with a killer 13 MP selfie camera at the front. Adding a cherry on top, the Desire EYE has dual-LED flash at the front side of the handset as well.

Interesting camera features of the Desire Eye include Split Capture and Crop-Me-In options. Specifically, the Split Capture divides the captured image into 50/50 by blending the pictures taken via the rear and frontal camera units. The Crop-Me-In, meanwhile, can be used to append any picture on to any other image, similar to Photoshop. Plus, there are two built-in, camera-focused apps called HTC Zoe and HTC Eye Experience for software tweaks, GSM Arena notes. Moving on to the battery specification, the Desire EYE houses a 2,400 mAh unit, while the Desire 826 comes equipped with a slightly better 2,600 mAh unit.

Additional Features

1. Both the handsets support nano-SIM and 4G LTE connectivity. While the Desire EYE supports NFC, the Desire 826 doesn't.

2. The HTC Desire EYE has water- and dust-resistant exterior (i.e. IPX7 certified), while the Desire 826 doesn't. Additionally, the EYE comes with quick battery charging capability called Quick Charge 2.0. This battery unit can be charged to 60 percent within 30 minutes.


The AT&T-exclusive HTC Desire Eye with 16 GB storage will set the buyers back by $549.99 in Amazon. On the other hand, the predecessor Desire 820 was reportedly priced at $475 without a contract, when the handset debuted in 2014. Taking a cue, the Desire 826 will approximately be priced at the same range, if not, a bit more, says Phone Arena.

It is worth noting that, HTC has introduced a new segment called "Tell me when the HTC Desire 826 is available" on its Web site. Interested readers can leave the email id and country name, so that the company will inform the reader, when the handset becomes available in the chosen region.

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