HTC Launches Android Lollipop Powered HTC Desire 826

HTC is a company which is admired for making one of the best build quality Android smartphones. HTC sells them on a premium to the Chinese counterparts, but also ensures that the buyers get the better experience from the hardware &  software integration.

HTC Launches Android Lollipop Powered HTC Desire 826

The New HTC Desire 826 looks impressive,  we hope it is not over-priced like some of the earlier good HTC mobiles. For HTC Die-hard fans who were waiting for a good value for money smartphone, it is time to be happy, if HTC prices it around 26-28k.

Article Update – 11/May/2015 – HTC Desire 826 is now available in India and is priced at Rs. 25,700 as we expected. You can check the latest Price for HTC Desire 826 on Amazon India. The HTC Desire with it’s HTC Eye software and ultra mega pixel camera is one of the best selfie smartphone available for a price of Rs. 25,000.

The HTC Desire is powered by Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 Octacore Processor (with 4 cores clocked at 1.7 Ghz and remaining 4 cores clocked @ 1.0 Ghz).  The device has Adreno 405 GPU which is capable of running all current android games without breaking sweat. The smartphone has 2 GB Ram which is adequate for running Android Lollipop version 5.0.2. Lollipop is one of the key features that HTC has added to desire 826. It has the HTC Sense UI which is flawless and adds some spice to the vanilla Android Experience.

HTC Launches Android Lollipop Powered HTC Desire 826

The HTC Desire 826 has a 5.5 inch screen with 1920*1080p IPS LCD display.  The smartphone weighs 155 gram and has a thickness of 7.5mm.

The HTC Desire 826 offers 4G connectivity and along with the basic 3G support. Users can take advantage of high speed 4G Network for downloading and streaming Full HD videos.

It has 16GB internal memory which can be extended via micro SD card upto 128 GB. 

HTC Desire 826 has 13-megapixel (f/2.2) rear camera with 28 mm lens and packs a punch with 4-MP- ultra pixel front selfie camera. HTC is obsessed with selfie smartphones you can read more about 13MP front Camera HTC Desire EYE.

HTC desire 826 ultra MP camera Android Lollipop

The ultra pixel front camera with 1/3” sensor size, 2µm pixel size can capture good pictures even in low light as the lens is capable of absorbing high amount of light from the aperture.

The Back side of the smartphone features a plastic shiny back cover which HTC has been using in the current generation of smartphones like 820 and 620 with the trademark HTC logo in the centre. The HTC Desire 826 has 67.2% screen-to-body ratio which is good but there are smartphones which push it above 70%. Screen to body ratio effectively means the screen size takes the larger pie of the entire smartphone body.

HTC desire 826 Android L back cover with HTC Logo

HTC Desire 826 is one of the Perfect HTC Desire smartphone with everything balanced from Screen Size  resolution, Camera(front and rear), processor and even the 2600 mAH battery is just idle. It is going to be a bestseller for HTC once it hit the retailer shelves.

HTC Desire 826 comes in two-tone colors including White Birch, Blue Lagoon, and Purple Fire.

 Complete Specs Comparison HTC Desire 826 and Samsung Galaxy A5 
Brand Samsung Galaxy A5 HTC Desire 826
SIM Type Dual Sim Dual StandBy Dual Sim Dual StandBy
Flash LED LED
Secondary Camera   5-Megapixel fixed-focus camera. 4-UltraPixel shooter.
Primary Camera 13 MP Rear Camera 13-megapixel (f/2.2) rear camera with 28mm.
Weight 130 grams 155gm
Display Resolution 1280*720 1920*1080 FHD Display
Type  5.0 inch Super Amoled Display 5.5 inch IPS  401 PPI.
Screen Size 5.0 inch 5.5 inch
Battery capacity Lithium Ion, 2300 mAH. Lithium Ion, 2600 mAH.
Expandable Memory microSD, upto 64 GB microSD, upto 128 GB.
Memory RAM 2GB RAM 2GB RAM
Internal 16 GB 16 GB
GPU Adreno 306 Adreno 405 GPU
OS Android Kitkat version 4.4.2 Android Lollipop 5.0.2.
OS upgadable Android Lollipop confirmed. Out of the Box.
Processor 1.2 Ghz Quadcore Processor Snapdragon 410. OctaCore Snapdragon 615 Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53.
Connectivity 3G & 4G 3G & 4G
Price Rs. 25,500 No Info

We compared it with the new Samsung Galaxy A5 which is more focused on design and looks and packs mediocre specs compared to the HTC Desire 826.  The Samsung A5 is retailing for Rs 25,500 currently and HTC Desire 826 is expected to launch above this price.

HTC Desire 826 is great smartphone it lives up to our expectations from HTC. By all means it will be massively successful, if HTC can cut that snobbish approach of pricing it beyond consumer’s purchasing power. Looking at the smartphone it should be priced below Rs. 28,000 or $450 to push it on top of our value for money gadgets scale.

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