It turns out the Desire 320 wasn’t the only new smartphone HTC had up its sleeve for CES week. The Taiwanese company has today announced the Desire 826, which boasts a Full HD display, a 64-bit processor, and a front-facing UltraPixel camera.
While the Desire lineup is undoubtedly HTC’s midrange product family, the Desire 826 is by far the best of the bunch, with near flagship specifications and a very attractive — although not aluminum — design. It takes a lot of cues from the Desire Eye, and that’s a good thing.
The Desire 826 has a 5.5-inch 1080p screen — that’s half an inch bigger than the flagship One M8′s display — and is powered by Qualcomm’s octa-core, 64-bit Snapdragon 615 processor with Adreno 405 graphics. It also has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot.
Like the Desire Eye, the Desire 826 also has front-facing BoomSound speakers that are elegantly hidden beneath the bezels above and below its display. It also has an UltraPixel camera just like the One M8, except it’s on the handset’s front facing forward, rather than on its back.
That means you should get better selfies and video calls in low light situations, while regular photos will be taken with the conventional 13-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture on the handset’s back. While the One M8′s UltraPixel camera has its fans, many will see the Desire 826′s sensor as an improvement in most situations.
The Desire 826 delivers a 2,600mAh battery, and in most markets it will have dual-SIM capabilities and 4G connectivity. It will also be one of HTC’s first devices to ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop pre-installed when it goes on sale later this month.