HTC Desire 820 Hands-on, Photo Gallery

by Chetan Bhawani 5

HTC Desire 820 Box

HTC has been lesser known for using polycarbonate material for its high-end or mid-range smartphones. It has been the beautiful metallic designs which have been attractive and good with the build quality, but the recent few launches from HTC has seen the company trying out even the polycarbonate material. One of them is the HTC Desire 820, a large phablet with a polycarbonate body, although HTC has put in all efforts to make this look attractive enough.

The Desire 816 was one powered by Snapdragon 400, but HTC has replaced that with an octa-core processor, i.e. 64-bit Snapdragon 615, and that is supported by Adreno 405 and 2GB RAM.

First look with the Desire 820, mixed feelings. Although it looks good and is attractive, the 820 isn’t really the best with build, thanks to the polycarbonate body. And the glossy back isn’t helping at all because it is very reflective, and attracts fingerprints, thus taking away the feel of this being a standard product from HTC. With the looks, though, HTC has rarely failed and this is no exception, as the device looks premium with the roundish edges and the cool earpiece and speakers on the front.

The personality to the device is given by the borders around the screen, buttons and camera. They stand out and change the way the device looks, by a great extent. There are several color options, and the White one with blue band looks the best, though the one we reviewed looks classy too.

HTC Desire 820 vs OnePlus One
Size of HTC Desire 820 vs. the OnePlus One

On the left side, there are power and volume buttons. On the right, is a single pop-out strip that exposes three slots – two for SIM cards and one for MicroSD card. The MicroUSB port is in the bottom, and the 3.5mm headset jack is located on the top. On the front, there’s the earpiece and front-facing camera above the display, and a dark strip just below to them hosts the sensors and a little LED notification light. Below the display is the microphone grill and HTC branding, and the navigation buttons are a part of the display.

HTC’s Sense 6 is layered over Android 4.4.4 KitKat, and this for sure would be one of those HTC devices to receive Android Lollipop update. This is a 64-bit architecture with Octa-core CPU from Qualcomm (Snapdragon 615) and Android 5.0 is the version that would support 64-bit chipsets. But for now, the KitKat OS looks brilliant.

HTC Desire 820 OS

Few of HTC’s apps are pre-installed, including Zoe camera app, Car, HTC Help, Kid Mode, Stocks, Auto forward, HTC Backup, HTC Dot View, Power to Give and the Google apps package is there as well. The interface is really smooth, swift and there are loads of options, as HTC has not done any compromises in this aspect.

Out of the 16GB internal storage, about 9GB is available, and there is an SD card slot for storage expansion.

For the initial impressions, this for sure looks like a brilliant smartphone with swift UI, though the design has one big flaw – the polycarbonate back with a glossy reflective surface which doesn’t really look good.

Chetan Bhawani

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  • Shanky Yadav

    Well it has massive battery and its beautifully designed and defined although its going to take over one plus one .glossy reflective surface well this looks great from my view and I am waiting for more depth in review like camera tips and tricks .it’s initial opening is so good . and the specs add more reflective index towards it. And some of the premium apps by HTC are preinstalled too.

  • Shashank Chourey

    Big brother of 816.. The double front speaker and thin bezels around the LCD has made it clear that HTC have adapted their One series design for the 820. A sim card “tray” system would’ve been better instead of a plastic flap covering the the important slots, at least in my opinion. There wouldn’t be any performance issues with 64-bit architechture and an octa-core chipset. I find it kinda strange they invested in camera too much instead of providing full-HD display. HTC are clearly targeting the “selfie” audience.

  • If the polycarbonate over-reflective back is the main flaw then sign me up because this phone is strong big and has an attractive front. Definitely to me a better phone you read about then the lower powered 516c dual Sim. HTC nay be trying to map uncharted waters with their polycarbonate material, but everything else really is the same old HTC and tgbe 64-bit chipset looks promising. Great article, it really has me excited for what’s next in store for HTC!

  • Android

    Its great to this phone finally surface and i love it was compared to the One Plus One. When i looked at these phones from a glance i would choose the One Plus One over this phone any day. This phone lacks thin bezels and Ui isnt too great compared to the One Plus. Also the polycarbonate back with a glossy reflective surface also looks very cheap and when you see it it doesnt represent the real HTC. The 64 bit chip set is good and all the specs are good but HTC failed the aesthetics part of the device and that is the main part of the devcie that interacts with the minds with the consumers

  • Nikhil Narkhede

    HTC is the only company with least number of complaints as far as built quality of a smartphone is concerned no matter which phone quality is always top notch. But when compared to opo story is different . Both has their own advantages .