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HTC reportedly planning to release a budget version of the Desire 820

HTC reportedly planning to release a budget version of the Desire 820
HTC announced a pretty interesting midranger at this year's IFA – the HTC Desire 820. If you've missed the news – it's the world's first Android smartphone to be powered by a 64-bit processor – that being the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615.

Now, it's supposed to be a powerhouse that goes easier on the wallet than a full-blown flagship, though HTC have not given an exact price to back their promises yet. It would seem, though, that the company is taking steps to bring a cheaper version of the 820 to the market. It is rumored that there is an HTC Desire 820x in the makings, powered by much more modest hardware components.

There's no word on screen size yet; however, since HTC reportedly insists on calling it a Desire 820 variant, it is assumable that it will still have a 5-inch plus screen, keeping the device in the "phablet" category. It will still come with Android 4.4.4, but the SoC powering it is expected to be a quad-core Snapdragon 400, clocked at 1.2 GHz. Other specs include 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, expandable to up to 128 GB via microSD. There is no word on changes being made to the main snapper, so that remains a mistery. The front cam, however, will get the nerf-stick – it is expected that the 820x will come with a 5 MP selfie cam, instead of the Desire 820's 8 MP one.

All in all, we are quite curious about the prices of HTC's new low- and high-midrangers. Discussions around the Web favor the idea that they will be low enough to help HTC regain some much-needed positions in the midrange market and possibly give it some momentum for the unveiling of its new flagship, sometime next year. We'll just have to wait and see.

source: hk-android.info (translated) via GSM Dome

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13 Comments

1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

a low end version of a midrange phone?

3. Onlinector720

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 03, 2014

Because HTC Can Has!!!

4. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Right. But I more so thought of it as a cheaper version of an already budget phone. I'm like O_o (????). I don't even understand why HTC is not making these more budget-friendly devices widely available on the US for all carriers like the Moto X.

13. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

"HTC will allegedly be launching a new 5.5-inch smartphone, according to @upleaks.The new device will be similar to the existing HTC Desire 816, however, instead of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC, the new device shall have an MediaTek octa-core processor, possibly the MT6595. The amount of RAM will also differ from the 816, although it's not clear if it will be more or less than the Desire 816's 1.5GB."- upleaks via GSMArena

2. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

desire 820 is really gooooood mid-range phablet.........

5. csoulr666

Posts: 116; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

Doesn't the Desire 816 have almost the same specs?

7. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

That's what I was thinking. I thought the 820 was a higher end version of it.

12. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

i think this budget version of desire 820 will carry a snapdragon 410 .. and they might bring screen size to 5 inches as well its more like a refreshed desire 816 with update cpu and then there will be big difference between price

6. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

But I thought D820 is a budget phone :|

8. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

No snapdragon 410? I tought a 64-bit processor was the whole point of the phone.

10. julian6.0

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

You read my mind. While i was writing my comment.

9. julian6.0

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

Exactly, i was thinking the same thing the 816 has the same specs. It actually has 1.5gb of ram. But its at around 349 so if they priced this 820 variant lower then its good but for that matter you have the desire 610 which is at a pretty good price. This would be a good variant to the 820 if they implemented the qualcomm snapdragon 410 which is also 64bit also for an even more affordable phone.

11. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

Umm...that's Desire 510?

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