HTC Desire 826 hands-on

The HTC Desire 826 was just announced, bringing another 64-bit enabled midranger to the table. This one comes with the “proper” operating system to boot – the Desire 826 is pre-loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop, although it is dressed in the company's proprietary Sense UI. Upon first look, the HTC Desire design language is instantly recognizable, with just a few very minor tweaks and updates. Let's have a look.


The HTC Desire 826 reminds us a lot of the 820's design language, mixed with a splash of Desire EYE. It is mostly made of glossy plastic, adorned with some subtle color accents – a modernistic look, which seems to be becoming a signature of the Desire series. The sides of the 826 have a rubbery texture, which should provide for a better grip of its not-so-small body. This handset is also equipped with HTC's BoomSound speakers, which are hidden in thin lines where the display panel meets the top and bottom bezels – much like how HTC did with the Desire EYE.


The display is still a 5.5" display, but the Desire 826 one-ups the Desire 820 by upping the resolution to 1080 x 1920 pixels, which gives it a nice dense ratio of 401 PPI. It offers a sharp image, nice, wide viewing angles, and is surrounded by rather thick bezels by today's standards. 


HTC's snappy Sense interface makes a return, but this time around – it adorns Android 5.0 Lollipop, which makes the Desire 826 HTC's first midranger to come with Google's newest OS out of the box. On first glance – the Sense UI doesn't seem to look very different from anything we've seen so far.

Processor and Memory

The Desire 826 is powered by the 64-bit, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, clocked at 1.7 GHz, and paired with 2 GB of RAM. Now, we've encountered this SoC before, as it also powers the Desire 820 – a nice and powerful CPU, which provides a snappy performance – we are truly curious how it would perform under extensive testing on a phone with Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The phone's internal memory is 16 GB and it supports microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC cards of up to 128 GB.


The main camera has a 13 MP resolution sensor, keeping in check with HTC's strides towards enabling and encouraging users to take more high-quality photos. If the sensor is the same as the one in the Desire 820, we'd expect some very satisfying results. The frontal snapper is a 4 MP UltraPixel camera. Yup, the tech that HTC tried to cram in not one, but two of its One (M7 and M8) models' main cameras, and which is rumored to be absent from the upcoming 2015 flagship, is making a return as a selfie-cam. This could actually turn out well, as frontal cams often need better light-siphoning abilities, and HTC's UltraPixel tech was invented with just that in mind.


A slightly upgraded Desire 820, with a crisper display, a different type of frontal cam, and a slightly sleeker design with its hidden speaker grilles and rubbery bezels, the Desire 826 doesn't seem to offer specs that are notably better than its sibling, however, if one were on the market for a new HTC midranger right now, we could see how the newest offering could be more attractive.

Unfortunately, the only thing we know about the handset's launch is that it will be hitting stores in China soon. This doesn't mean that it will not be available in the US, though, there is not word on if or when. We also don't have official information on price, but seeing as the Desire 820 was priced at $475 (off-contract), we'd imagine that the price of the HTC Desire 826 would be in the ballpark, if not slightly above.

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Desire 826
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Octa-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh



2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Best midrange device from a major oem. 5.5fhd+2gb ram+snapdragon615+13mp camera front and back(although i heard that some units have 4 ultrapixel like on the review)+2600mah+amazing design for the price of $475, it's the best deal

3. Tommy-Ka

Posts: 33; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

I'm sorry, for me it's another shovel-size phone... I wasn't able to operate any flagship from 2014, I see that this year will be even worse... Size is a deal-breaker for me...

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Get Z3C or some flagship from 2013, they are in nice prices and have enough dev support to bring new flaghip funcionality to it for 2-3 years more.

8. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

sad to say no one is making smaller phones now with high end specs except z3 compact, I agree with wiencon get an old flagship device

5. cezarmed2

Posts: 71; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Zenphone 2 is better.

6. cezarmed2

Posts: 71; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

And the design is always the same.

7. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

they have nearly identical specs, only advantage of zenphone2 is the ram and processor

9. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

And the D826 has a better camera arrangement and stereo front facing BoomSound speakers, now with DolbyDigital as well.

14. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

don't try too hard it's $200 vs $400 phone and I think atom processor still beat Snapdragon 615!

10. horialin

Posts: 23; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

It's Joooooohn V and the most annoying camera on youtube!

15. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I like John V video

11. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

I like it. it seems completely reasonable at $475

12. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Nice phone, but they still using that ugly Htc bar below screen... Hope M9 wouldn't have that.

13. mojtaba_mn

Posts: 268; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

you are best ht

16. Classique

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

If HTC made a 5 inch 720P with a 615, 2 GB of RAM, and android L I'd strongly consider getting it as my next phone

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