Taiwanese handset maker HTC has for long said that it is in India for the long run and the release of the mid-level 64-bit HTC Desire 826 phone simply reiterates the company’s strategy. Like most other smartphone brands that are catering equally to all segments, HTC also aims to not only survive but ride the astronomical tsunami that has struck the shores of the Indian subcontinent. Let us take a look at what the HTC Desire 826 packs inside:
Design: The Desire 826 can be identified as a HTC smartphone from far. The aesthetics of design seems to be inspired from the Desire Eye and will definitely bring back the image of the erstwhile released Desire 820 if the user is a HTC fanatic. The 826 is made of shiny plastic and subtle colour shades that is reminiscent of the other phones in the Desire series. The sides of the 826 have a rubbery texture necessarily to provide 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.
Display: The HTC Desire 826, which was unveiled at CES this year, sports a 5.5 inch Full HD Super LCD3 display along with a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution and offers pixel density of 401ppi. The display is better than the 820 and offers a sharp image and is surrounded by rather thick bezels by new age device aesthetics standards. Games seemed to run smoothly on the device compared to most ones in the segment. Heavy games were sometimes a tad slow to react but rooting and overclocking the phone can give users an edge although not advisable.
Camera and sound: 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. The frontal snapper is a 4 MP UltraPixel camera.
This is the tech that HTC tried to cram in not one, but two of its One (M7 and M8) models’ main cameras, and which is rumoured to be absent from the upcoming 2015 flagship, is making a return as a selfie-cam. Selfies were exceptionally good and the main camera will make you proud by taking good quality pictures in all light conditions.
The BoomSound is also a positive as it gives better sound output than most phones phablets in the same price range.
Interface: HTC’s Sense interface makes a return and a higher one too as it runs on the Sense 6.0, but this time around—it adorns the Android 5.0 Lollipop, which makes the Desire 826 HTC’s first mid-ranger to come with Google’s newest OS out of the box. HTC’s dot view app is there that makes operating the phone ultra-fun and adds to the coolness quotient. Out of the box, the device comes with a slew of useful apps that lets the user enjoy the device almost as soon as he is done readying, syncing the phone with a Google account.
Hardware and storage: The Desire 826 is powered by the 64-bit, Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, which clocks at 1.7 GHz, that is supported by 2 GB of RAM. This combination has been used by HTC before in the 820—a nice and powerful CPU, which provides a snappy performance. There was no drop in performance issues even with the Lollipop OS which is a little intense than the KitKat. The phone supports microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC cards of up to 128 GB. The 826 comes with two SIM slots and both of them are nano slots.
Verdict: A good phone to buy in this price range as it has snappy performance with the Android update and a very powerful camera. The sound quality is better than others. All of this makes the HTC Desire 826 one of the most desirable in its genre of phablets.
Estimated street price: Rs 26,000