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HTC reveals Desire 820 mid-range octa-core smartphone

HTC has unveiled a new mid-range smartphone, the HTC Desire 820 which follows up on the Desire 816 – a handset we happened to like rather a lot when we reviewed it (in fact, it won an award).

Read more: HTC Desire 816 review (opens in new tab)

The Desire 820 steps up the game with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, an octa-core 64-bit CPU with four cores at 1.5GHz and the remainder at 1GHz, and 4G LTE Cat 4 support. This drives a 5.5in screen (the same size as the Desire 816) with a resolution of 1280 x 720.

As well as an impressive display, quality sound is also promised, with the phone boasting twin front-facing stereo HTC BoomSound speakers.

The Desire 820's rear camera is a 13 megapixel snapper with an f/2.2 aperture, and promises good performance in low light, plus HTC has really gone to town for lovers of selfies by providing an 8 megapixel front-facer. Software features allow you to do things like blend your face with that of a friend or celebrity.

The phone also supports HTC's Dot View case (opens in new tab), which allows you to use the handset without opening the cover.

Peter Chou, HTC's CEO, commented: "Our new HTC Desire model gives entertainment lovers exactly what they are looking for; a powerful, fast, stylish smartphone that delivers their favourite content on a big screen at a competitive price. With the HTC Desire 820, we've combined the most advanced technology with the best possible entertainment experience and bold, distinctive design, to deliver a handset that is both desirable and affordable."

A release date or price has yet to be confirmed.

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.