HTC is updating its mid-range line of smartphones with a model that helps show that today’s mid-range is yesterday’s top-of-the-line.
The HTC Desire 820 may not have a metal case or a full HD display, but it’s got one of Qualcomm’s first 64-bit processors, a big screen, and a 13MP rear camera… as well as an 8MP front-facing camera.
The front camera doesn’t have a flash or support for auto-focus, but it’ll let you take higher-resolution selfies than most cameras. I suppose you could also use it for video conferencing. Both the front and rear cameras can record 1080p video.
The HTC Desire 820 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor. That’s one of the chip maker’s first 64-bit chips and it pairs four 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores with four more 1 GHz Cortex-A53 cores and Adreno 405 graphics.
Other features include a 5.5 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage plus a microSD card for up to 128GB of removable storage.
The phone supports 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and 4G LTE, NFC, and GPS. It has a 2600mAh battery for up to 22 hours of talk time (over 3G networks).
The HTC Desire 820 has stereo front-facing speakers and a plastic case that will be available in a variety of colors when the phone launches this fall.
You probably won’t see the full benefit of 64-bit processors in Android phones until Google releases Android L this fall. That’ll be the first version of the operating system to truly support 64-bit architecture, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this phone (and others with similar chips) launch at around the same time as Android L. And if that’s not the case, the phone can handle 32-bit software as well.