Camera

Seriously, it takes some nice looking photos. And some good selfies too, with its front camera!

Launching the Camera application brings forth a familiar interface. It is very clean, with no buttons and knobs in the viewfinder's way, and the image adjustments are only a few taps away. It is convenient that we're allowed to switch between the front and the rear cameras with a simple swipe.

The HTC Desire 820 comes with a 13MP main camera, one that has a profound presence in the rear of the phone, which is also pretty generous considering the device's mid-range class. A single LED light sits below it to help in those tricky low-light scenes. One-upping its sibling in the Desire 816, the Desire 820 is outfitted with a higher count 8MP front-facing camera.

A pleasant surprise no doubt, the Desire 820 is a capable snapper – one that dishes up some nice looking shots. Its pleasant qualities include naturally preserved details, sharp tones, and generally good exposure. One of the few complaints we have has to do with its color reproduction, as images tend to look a bit dull at times, with colors lacking that particular vibrancy that could make them appear vivid and lively. Even though we need a steady hand when taking nighttime or low-light photos, where it can sometimes cause images to come out blurry. Best of all, it takes some pretty good selfies too with its front camera!


Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
HTC Desire 820 4
No data
561
470
HTC Desire 816 3.6
No data
412
347
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo 3.5
No data
476
339
LG G3 2.7
4.3
No data
No data

Unfortunately, though, it’s not that great when it comes to recording 1080p videos. For something proclaimed to shoot 1080p video, details are pretty light to the point we thought it was capturing in 720p. On top of that, its audio recording is a little on the light side.


Multimedia

Its size, smooth performance, large screen, and dual front-firing speakers make it a versatile multimedia consumptive smartphone.

The Music player bundled with Sense 6.0 has a clean interface that is easy to get the hold of. It’s not something particularly new, since it’s the player used by other Sense 6.0 running devices, but it gets the job done – plus, it sports an attractive look.

Right from the start, the HTC Desire 820’s dual front-firing speakers give the phone that signature look. Even though its 69.5 dB output might seem quaint on paper, we can attest that it produces deep and potent tones that resonate and disperse evenly.

Those speakers, of course, help to complement the video watching experience, as they project sound ideally towards us. Throw in its gigantic and bright 5.5-inch screen, it certainly possess all of the elements in making it an engaging device for watching videos.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
HTC Desire 820 1.941
HTC Desire 816 0.88
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo 0.43
LG G3 0.57
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
HTC Desire 820 69.5
HTC Desire 816 74
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo 72
LG G3 81


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25 Comments

1. Rajanvir

Posts: 56; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Only NOKIA and HTC knows how to make real Smartphones

9. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

Not really with the 5.5' smartphone with these thick bezels (Screen-to-body ratio)

2. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Wish I would have waited to get this instead of the 816. But I still am loving mine anyway.

24. nishakushwaha30

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

so as per your opinion which one is better , 816 or 820?

3. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Wait... This thing has 1.9 volts of audio output poower? I must have this phone simply for that reason...

4. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

misleading, the G3 that is used to compare is the g3 mini or the cheap version of it, they should have pointed it out.

8. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

No, they are using the regular G3. The chipset in this phone is a monster. I have a G3 and all of these benchmarks seem correct to me. Well other than Antutu because I am running a newer version and scoring higher.

10. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Screen resolution has a dramatic effect on graphical benchmarks. So it's not really a fair comparison. I for one would not buy a 5.5" phone with a 720 resolution in 2014. Add the Xperia Z3 Compact to their comparison and you'll see what I mean.

5. androidfanyo

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

He is wearing Asus zenwatch but PA when will you review it.

6. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Either HTC cheated in benchmarks or the SD615 is a graphical beast. Eh, HTC cheated.

7. Donotnameme

Posts: 47; Member since: Jul 01, 2014

I love how there are so many Linkin Park songs/albums there

11. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I love how it's -5°C in New Jersey.

12. Classique

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

615 is a monster I hope it finds its way into more phones if you remember the 600 was high end in 2012 the GS4 and One M7 used them and this is only better just wait until a phone with lollipop gets this so it could take advantage of 64 bit

13. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

The GS4 and One used the S600 because it was Qualcomm's best at the time. LG, Sony, and Nokia all waited for the superior 800. Once the 810 drops, you'll see it in all the flagships... and see its GPU crush the 615's.

15. Classique

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Yea but upper middle range this is a beast

17. g2a5b0e unregistered

The 600 was top of the line in 2013, not 2012.

18. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

600 was just a renamed s4 pro, which, more of less is actually the same processor. SO, I would say 2012 would be more accurate.

19. g2a5b0e unregistered

You could say the same about the 800 & 801, but there are clearly upgrades in there, no matter how small. I guess we'll have to agree to disagree.

22. Noonting

Posts: 135; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

600 is not a renamed version of s4 pro

14. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

S615 is actually way better than I expected. Qualcomm have done a much better job than Mediatek on 8 core. Probably the superior GPU. I understand it's half the resolution, but I added the Xperia Z2 (phone I have) to the comparison and it performs almost as well. So here's the math S615 w/ 720p = S801 w/ 1080p = S805 w/ 1440p. Impressive

20. guidoconrad

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I read that the S615 is supossed to have the same performance as the S800 from last year, which is still an amazing processor

21. g2a5b0e unregistered

In most ways, it's better. For instance, the GPU is way ahead of the 800 & 801.

23. UglyFrank

Posts: 2191; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Wrong.

16. Furbal unregistered

they need to make the E9 follow this style, I like its looks more than the m8...

25. nareshmagam

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 29, 2015

i was using this desire 820 since past 2months....Touch and display quality was too worst.... they were not even providing the proper service at the service centre.... They were on there seats just to suggest us to call the customer care and talk to them.... When we try to connect it won't connect.... Even the battery backup was very bad.... It only supports 4-5hours on full charge.... Better don't go with this model... The worst mobile which I haven't used ever.
Desire 820
  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Octa-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(22.4h 3G talk time)

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