HTC Desire 820, Desire 820q, and Desire 816G Launched in India

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HTC Desire 820, Desire 820q, and Desire 816G Launched in India
HTC has launched the octa-core HTC Desire 820 in India, alongside the quad-core HTC Desire 820q. The two smartphones will be made available in the market from early-November, and no pricing has yet been revealed. Also launched at the event was a 3G-only version of the HTC Desire 816, called the Desire 816G, priced at Rs. 18,990 and due to hit the market in early-October.

The highlight of the HTC Desire 820 (seen above), which was globally unveiled at a pre-IFA 2014 event, is its 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC (1.5GHz quad-core + 1.0GHz quad-core) with integrated 4G LTE Cat. 4 connectivity. The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) HTC Desire 820 runs Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense UI skinned on top. The smartphone is the successor to HTC Desire 816 (Review | Pictures). It features a 5.5-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) display.

(Also see: HTC Desire 820 and Desire 816 in comparison)

The smartphone packs 2GB of RAM alongside the Snapdragon 615. It features a 13-megapixel (with f/2.2 lens) rear facing camera with LED flash and BSI sensor, apart from an 8-megapixel secondary front-facing camera.

The 16GB inbuilt storage on the Desire 820 is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). Connectivity options on the handset include Wi-Fi, FM radio, Bluetooth, GPRS/ EDGE, GPS/ A-GPS, 3G and 4G LTE connectivity.

The handset measures 157.7x78.74x7.74mm and weighs 155 grams. The HTC Desire 820 packs a 2600mAh battery which is rated to deliver up to 22.4 hours (3G) of talk time and 424 hours (3G) of standby time. It also supports HTC's Dot View case which will provide 'instant access to your phone without opening the cover.'

(Also see: HTC Desire 820 and Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 in comparison)

The HTC Desire 820q, which also features dual-SIM (Nano-SIM supoprt), has virtually identical specifications as the HTC Desire 820, but comes with a different quad-core chipset (clocked at 1.2GHz), and has just 1GB of RAM.

htc_desire_816_india.jpgThe Desire 816G on the other hand (seen above) is nearly identical to the Desire 816 - which was launched at Rs. 23,990 in India in April - but notably does not feature LTE connectivity.

(Also see: HTC Desire 816G and Desire 816 in comparison)

The dual-SIM Desire 816G also comes with a slower 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, instead of the Desire 816's 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU. The rest of the specifications are identical.
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Stellar camera performance
  • Fast performance
  • Attractive design
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  • Bad battery life
  • Attracts fingerprints and scratches
Display 5.50-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615
Front Camera 8-megapixel
Rear Camera 13-megapixel
RAM 2GB
Storage 16GB
Battery Capacity 2600mAh
OS Android 4.4.4
Resolution 720x1280 pixels
Display 5.50-inch
Processor 1.2GHz quad-core
Front Camera 8-megapixel
Rear Camera 13-megapixel
RAM 1GB
Storage 16GB
Battery Capacity 2600mAh
OS Android 4.4
Resolution 720x1280 pixels
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • HTC Sense 6 is a great skin
  • Good design
  • Bad
  • Below average camera performance
  • Battery life is average
  • Expensive
Display 5.50-inch
Processor MediaTek MT6582
Front Camera 5-megapixel
Rear Camera 13-megapixel
RAM 1GB
Storage 8GB
Battery Capacity 2600mAh
OS Android 4.4.2
Resolution 720x1280 pixels
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