HTC Desire 820 Review

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Desire 820 by HTC is the next version to the Desire 816. This phone is mid-range smartphone and is HTC’s key to bagging the most sales in the mid-range market. The phone was released in November 2014. This phone has multiple color options and …

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Desire 820 by HTC is the next version to the Desire 816. This phone is mid-range smartphone and is HTC’s key to bagging the most sales in the mid-range market. The phone was released in November 2014. This phone has multiple color options and it is made of a plastic unibody shell.

The phone consists of a 64 bit Snapdragon 615 processor with four cores. The phone was released with KitKat (v4.4) and then upgraded to Lollipop (v5.01). There is 2GB of RAM in there and 16GB of internal ROM memory. The screen is 5.5 inches in size with an LCD HD display. HTC has also provided 4G LTE connectivity. The rear camera is of 13 Mega Pixels while the front camera is also of pretty high resolution that is 8 Mega Pixels. There is a non-removable battery of 2600mAh power.

Mid-range smartphones also need to be given a lot of attention as these are the phones that appeal to a larger number of people just with their price. To buy a perfect smartphone a lot of factors need to be reviewed. HTC Desire 820 has a lot of potential to stand out and become the king of mid-ranged smartphones. Let’s see in this review if this phone is able to achieve this or not!


HTC decided to continue with their traditional design which consists of a unibody made out of plastic. The Desire 816 carried the same design and now its successor also has the same design. The phone comes in two color schemes and is not a bad looker. The edges are perfect rounds and look good. Providing many color options was a good way to make the phone more appealing to the buyers. Though a little disappointment is there as the design is being repeated and it had some flaws. HTC has always tried to be different from other companies and so it would place the power button somewhere strange. In the M8, the power button is on the top edge of the phone while in the Desire 816 the power button was on the left side. With the Desire 820, HTC decided to play it safe and placed the power button on the right side. The left side now houses all the slots which are one or two SIM slots and a memory card slot. The materials that HTC has used make the phone lose a premium feel but as it is mid ranged HTC’s choice is justified. The phone feels strong and sturdy so the design will last. The phones back is a fingerprint magnet and it will get smudged very easily. Buying a back cover is seriously recommended for buyers of this phone.


The HTC Desire 820 has a 5.5 inch 720p HD display. This amounts to a rather small pixel density of 267 pixels per inch. Considering the price for which the phone comes, the display resolution is pretty fair. The IPS LCD panel was previously used in the Desire 816. The display isn’t exactly perfect and possesses quite a few problems. It proves to be sharper than the display on the 816. It isn’t very bright enough, but the contrast is good. A good contrast helps in better sunlight visibility. HTC could have improved the display slightly.


The phone boasts a Qualcomm 64 bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor. Four of the cores are clocked at 1.5GHz and the rest of the four cores are clocked at 1.0GHz. The GPU used is Adreno 405. The phone has a RAM of 2GB. All the cores are A53 cortex which is slower than A7 cores.

The Desire 820 runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat with HTC’s sense UI 6.0. The Sense UI is famous for its feature-rich and smooth experience. The lock screen has four shortcuts and a clock. The notifications are also displayed over here. While unlocking the phone if you swipe up you are taken to your last used app and swiping left or right takes you to the home screen. Sense UI used on screen keys. The notification panel can be accessed by swiping down from the top. There are quick toggles in the notification area also. They can be accessed by swiping down with two fingers or by using the switch option in the panel only. The home screens are fully customizable that is you can add various apps and widgets and place them according to your choice. The BlinkFeed home screen is there as the leftmost home screen. BlinkFeed combines data from your social networks and other news sources and displays things which you like. The task switching interface is different in the Sense 6. The recent apps are shown in a 3x3 grid. This allows you to see more apps at the same time but there is no scrolling and thus you will only see your 9 most recent apps. The Sense 6 UI is smooth and it won’t slow your phone down.



The performance of the processor inside the HTC Desire 820 can be called average. The GPU didn’t perform that well in the tests. In other of the benchmark tests, it fared well but not excellently. There is no lag in the phone and you won’t even find any sluggishness. Multitasking, browsing, and gaming will be a breeze.

The phone does make good use of its octa-core processor. More cores relieve the workload off of each core making it lighter on them. Performance wise the phone is average and not excellent.


A rear camera of 13MP and a front camera of 8MP is quite impressive on paper. The camera is this phone’s biggest strength. The 13MP camera will give you wonderful photos and the 8MP camera will give you great selfies. The camera has features like HDR and Panorama on it. There is a selfie mode available too. HTC has tweaked the camera software for this phone and given them some perks. Ther e is a photo booth mode which clicks multiple photos from which you can select the best ones. With split capture feature, you can use the rear and front camera simultaneously. Photos clicked will be sharp and has great colors and exposure. The camera will make you happy. For people who love clicking photos, this phone is recommended.


This section sees a downgrade from its predecessor. HTC should realize that someone buying a mid ranged smartphone would definitely give battery life great importance. Having a battery of 2600mAh makes this phone quite weak when it comes to lasting long. The endurance of the phone is low. If you are low on battery there are two power saving modes available which will help your phone to last a little longer.

• PowerSaving mode will dim the screen and slows down the CPU. It will still allow you to use all apps and the phone functions normally. Heavy apps and games are not highly recommended to be used in this mode.
• Extreme PowerSaving mode should be used when the battery is extremely low that is below 10%. It reduces the UI to a very simple version. You can only perform basic functions from the phone.


This phone is a good buy in its price range. It has a good processor and comes loaded with good amount of RAM. The Sense UI is really nice to use and its features are quite useful. Ther camera is superb and one of the main reasons to buy this phone. We were hoping this phone would be the king of mid-ranged phones but, unfortunately, the poor battery life and smudge prone body of the phone took that title away from it. The display is nice, but the design is kind of boring now. HTC did well with this mobile but obviously there is always a scope of improvement and hopefully HTC will make the changes and release an even better mid-ranged smartphone.


• Amazing camera.
• Sense 6 UI is lovely to use
• Processor of the phone is good


• Poor battery life
• Display isn’t all that great
• The back is prone to fingerprints and smudges

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