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

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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.

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