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HTC Desire 820 (2014)

Android OS v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939
Adreno 405
2 GB / 16 GB
5.5 inch (720 x 1280 px)
13 MP, 4160 x 3120 px, autofocus

The manufacturer offers this phone with a 5.5 inch LCD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939 chipset, and 2 GB of RAM.

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This article shares our personal experiences and thoughts about using the HTC Desire 820 smartphone. We hope to offer helpful insights to others interested in this device.

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HTC Desire 820 specifications

BrandHTC
NameDesire 820
ModelD820
Release date2014

Weight, dimensions, colors

Weight5.47 oz
Dimensions6.21 x 3.1 x 0.3 inch
Colorsblue misty, flamingo grey, marble white, milky-way grey, monarch orange, saffron grey, santorini white, tangerine white, tuxedo grey
SIM typeNano SIM

The weight of the HTC Desire 820 is still considered to be lightweight and portable. Smartphones use a Nano SIM as a subscriber identity module (SIM), which is a chip card.

System, chipset, performance

OS versionAndroid OS v4.4.2 (KitKat)
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939
CPUOcta-core, Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53, Quad-core 1 GHz Cortex-A53
GPUAdreno 405

The HTC Desire 820 comes with Android OS v4.4.2 (KitKat) out of the box. Android is an open-source operating system. This means the source code is free to the public. This octa-core CPU consists: Octa-core, Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53, Quad-core 1 GHz Cortex-A53. Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices use Adreno GPUs.

Display type, size, resolution

Display typeLCD
Screen size5.5 inch
Resolution720 x 1280 px
Multitouch supportyes

The 5.5 inch display make this smartphone pocket-friendly. The display size is the diagonal distance from one corner of the screen to the opposite corner.

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Memory, storage

RAM2 GB
Internal storage16 GB
Memory card slotmicroSD

The smartphone has 2 GB of RAM. It can run many apps at once without much lag or slowness. Having more RAM alone does not guarantee better performance. If we use our smartphones for basic tasks like calling, texting, and browsing the web, 32 GB may be sufficient for our needs. We can expand the internal storage of the Desire 820 (16 GB) by using a compatible microSD card.

Cameras, flash

Main camera13 MP, 4160 x 3120 px, autofocus
FlashLED
Selfie camera8 MP

This single camera can be enough for many smartphone users, it depends on their photography needs and preferences. The Desire 820 does not have optical image stabilization (OIS).

Connectivity, network, wireless

GSM 2G bands850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G / 3G / 4G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetoothv4.0, A2DP
GPSA-GPS, GLONASS
NFCyes
FM radioyes, with RDS
USBmicroUSB 2.0, USB host
Headphone3.5 mm jack

The HTC Desire 820 supports 4G/LTE networks. The Desire 820 supports the latest Wi-Fi standards. We can use Bluetooth to connect our Desire 820 smartphone to many Bluetooth devices. The Desire 820 has a GPS receiver. Many fitness and activity tracking apps rely on GPS. It is used to accurately measure and record outdoor activities. This phone is NFC (Near Field Communication) capable. The 3.5 mm headphone jack allows us to connect wired headphones or earphones to the device.

Battery type, capacity, charger

TypeLi-Po 2600 mAh, non-removable

The Li-Po 2600 mAh, non-removable battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The lithium polymer (Li-Po) battery is a light-weight, rechargeable battery. The Desire 820 does not have a removable battery, it integrates the battery into the phone's design.

Features, sensors, specials

Sensorsaccelerometer, compass, proximity
SpecialsCorning Gorilla Glass 3

Today, smartphones come with many sensors. They help make the user experience better. The accelerometer provides information about the smartphone's movement in three axes. These are X (horizontal), Y (vertical), and Z (depth). Gorilla Glass is very scratch resistant. It reduces the likelihood of everyday scratches and abrasions.

Verdict, pros and cons

Every phone has its strengths and weaknesses, and this HTC phone is no exception. As with any device, there are aspects that shine and others that fall short. By examining both sides, we can paint a complete picture of what this phone has to offer. Let's explore its standout features and areas for improvement. Remember, this is just my opinion, and yours might be different.

Pros

  • microSD slot
  • Corning Gorilla Glass shield

Cons

  • limited-size screen
  • insufficient internal storage
  • single camera setup
  • no OIS function
  • no 5G support
  • no Type-C USB port
  • low-capacity battery
  • no fingerprint reader
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Lucas Bradley I'm Lucas Bradley, the founder of the Phone42.com site. I love technology, especially smartphones, and I've been working with tech stuff for more than 20 years. This means I've seen a lot of changes and have learned a bunch about what makes a good phone. On Phone42.com, I look at all kinds of phones. They can be from big, well-known companies or new ones trying to make their mark. I want to help people understand what's new and cool in the world of smartphones, in a way that's easy to get.
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