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HTC Desire 820s Review

HTC Desire 820s

Nearly a year in the past, HTC launched the HTC Desire 816. This phone had a serious impact on the market, because it offered strong specs and quality at a mid range price. This was followed by the HTC Desire 820, one other successful gadget with a powerful characteristic list. The HTC Desire 820 was additionally one of the 1st smartphones to feature Qualcomm’s 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 SoC, and showed HTC’s intent to win over the mid-range market.

Just a few short months after the HTC Desire 820, we’ve the HTC Desire 820s. Not lots has modified between then and now; the 820s is in almost every way the same smartphone as the HTC Desire 820. There are only a few changes, and we find out precisely how a lot of an impact those make.

HTC Desire 820s: Design

HTC Desire 820s

The HTC Desire 820s is a perfect lookalike of its predecessor. Nothing has modified as far as bodily look goes, and it is impossible to inform one from the other. This is not necessarily a bad thing, because we liked the appear and feel of its predecessor and still do. The plastic physique won’t work for everybody, however HTC’s construction quality is a good bit better than what lots of other manufacturers put out. The white body with blue accents is still one for the Best colour option, we expect.

 HTC Desire 820s: Display

HTC Desire 820s

With its massive 5.5-inch display screen and big build, we would definitely classify the HTC Desire 820s as a phablet. It retains the same 720p display screen as the HTC Desire 820. Lower-resolution displays show their flaws at bigger sizes, however the one on the HTC Desire 820s is as good as a big 720p display screen can be. Brightness and daylight readability are decent sufficient, as is visibility from angles.

HTC Desire 820s: Specification And Software

HTC Desire 820s

It is not simply the physical appearance of the HTC Desire 820s that matches its predecessor; the specification listing is nearly similar as well. The device features the identical 13 MP rear and 8 MP front cameras as the HTC Desire 820. The display screen, as mentioned, is similar 5.5-inch 720p affair. Internal storage remains to be 16GB, and RAM remains at 2GB as well. There is additionally 4G compatibility, Bluetooth 4.0 and Android KitKat 4.4.4 overlaid with HTC Sense 6.

The only main differences are that expandable storage support is now capped at 32 GB, and the SoC used is the MediaTek MT6752. The new MT6752 SoC is among the Chinese semiconductor specialist’s latest offerings. It means serious business, with 64-bit support and 8 cores of processing power.

HTC Desire 820s: Camera

HTC Desire 820s

With a 13 MP sensor on the rear an 8 MP one on the front, the HTC Desire 820s affords a camera combination that rivals these of many flagship units. Similar to the HTC Desire 820, it works very nicely in good light and satisfactorily in low light, whereas the front sensor does an above-average job with selfies. Low mild and video shooting are as would be anticipated from a mid-range smartphone.

The camera application itself stays clean and functional, however does not offer as many options as the one on higher-end HTC phones. It still has a big set of options such as burst mode, slow motion video and GPS geotagging. We anticipated the MT6752 processor to make a difference to the camera’s processing abilities and speed, but it surely seemed to be doing the same as the Snapdragon 615 SoC on the HTC Desire 820.

HTC Desire 820s: Performance

HTC Desire 820s

That is where the HTC Desire 820s feels completely different from the HTC Desire 820, and our impressions are wholly positive. The new SoC is an improvement over MediaTek’s earlier ones, and is totally capable of giving the more established Qualcomm’s offerings a run for their money.

The HTC Desire 820s powered through all our usual benchmarks and intense video and processing tests. In AnTuTu, the HTC Dsire 820s returned a powerful score of 43,230, which is a big improvement over the 29,020 that the HTC Desire 820 scored. The Quadrant rating of 14,333 was surprisingly less than the 19,213 of the HTC Desire 820, which illustrates the difference between the 2 processors’ approaches to handling directions. GFXBench and 3DMark Ice Storm returned scores of 25fps and 10,571 respectively, which signifies a slight improvement in graphical capabilities of the device. It is a wonderful phone to make use of and the re’s no noticeable lag or any efficiency hiccups.

Call quality is good, and audio output from the dual front speaker set stays average, We were not capable of test the standard of the bundled headset since our review unit didn’t come with a retail box and accessories. With our personal earphones, audio efficiency was first rate as properly. Battery life is decent as well; the HTC Desire 820s ran for 7 hours and 56 minutes in our video loop test. This is a massive improvement over the HTC Desire 820. In regular use, the device lasted well over a day earlier than we had to charge it.

HTC Desire 820s: Verdict

HTC Desire 820s

The HTC Desire 820 was an excellent device with strong all-round performance, and the HTC Desire 820s manages to improve upon that in a small however significant way. It is a good phone with nice performance which ought to help HTC stay on par with its competitors.

The HTC Desire 820s could not necessarily be the perfect smartphone on this price bracket, but it is still a powerful device that appears good, feels good and performs nice. We’d recommend it to anyone in search of a mid-range smartphone, especially those who do not want to deal with the headaches of flash sales and invite-only buy systems. It is a strong device that you can purchase without any worries right now, and one that will serve you nicely.

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