HTC announced a cheaper variant of the Desire 820, named as HTC Desire 820s, on its Weibo account. The Desire 820s comes with almost identical specifications to the Desire 820, apart from sporting a 64-bit 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6752 processor with 4G LTE connectivity and Mali T760 GPU instead of the 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC (1.5GHz quad-core + 1.0GHz quad-core) of the original. The octa-core MediaTek SoC is coupled with 2GB of RAM, as per the Weibo post by HTC.
The dual-SIM HTC Desire 820s features a 5.5-inch HD display with 720×1280 pixels resolution. On the camera front, Desire 820s sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and an 8-megapixel secondary front-facing camera, just like the Desire 820. The smartphone runs on Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.
The phone comes with the 16GB internal storage which 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.
MediaTek chipsets are becoming increasingly competitive in the Asian market especially in India and China. The fact that HTC decided to make a special version of its first 64-bit smartphone ever that uses such a chip reaffirms it.
HTC Desire 820 was announced in IFA 2014 in Berlin. HTC Desire 820 Android phone comes with many color options which are Marble White, Tuxedo Grey, Santorini White, Milky Grey, Saffron grey, Blue mist, Monarch Orange, etc. The Desire 820 in India is priced at Rs. 24,990.
Last month, HTC announced the Desire Eye, HTC One M8, RE Camera and Desire 516C for India at the ‘Double Exposure’ event held in Mumbai. The company confirmed that these devices will be available in India exclusively on Amazon late November. The company also launched the Desire 820 and Desire 820q, which were priced at Rs 24,990 and Rs 22,500.
Details regarding the price and availability of the Desire 820s or if it will be sold outside of China is not yet available.