HTC Desire 820 in the Test

The desire of 820 was already before joining in September 2014 at the IFA, but only now comes after Germany. Reflected in the test: the delay has the powerful 5.5-inch Smartphone hurt, on the contrary: HTC put together an attractive overall package that will make lots of friends.

  1. HTC desire 820 in the test
  2. Data sheet
  3. Rating

The desire of 820 is the successor of the 816, which came only prior to eight months for a price of 379 euro in trade. The 820 shows up in the test as technically and visually modernized and starts a sign with a price of 330 euros considerably cheaper – as prices puts the tough competition in the mid-size car segment. But also making sure that HTC has set the price was too high. In other words: the desire 816 (test) was somewhat overpriced for the market launch, the sequel offers a very good price, however, money.

Display: Bright, if also brilliant

Only, if you like large smartphones. HTC is committed to the trend to huge displays and builds a 5.5-inch LCD Panel, which is very true to color, angle-stable and bright strong (455 candela), but only with 1280 x 720 pixels and thus not particularly keen does not render content. The difference is particularly evident when directly next to it a full-HD display. The honor 6 (test), which plays in the same price range, offers you more here. However, makes it visually far less here than the HTC bolide.

That HTC has developed its own design language over the years, you can see immediately the device: the characteristic holes for the front loudspeakers above and below the display, the great eye for the camera, the colored accents on the frame and other housing elements used all details that make the difference between a brand and a B-brand such as honor in total.

The processing is excellent. The desire of 820 was manufactured in unibody construction, which gives high integrity the casing, although it is only less than eight millimeters thin. However, you can not exchange the battery. A further point of criticism concerns the choice of material. HTC puts on plastic with a glossy piano lacquer finish which is no treat, haptic and smeared on top quickly. Matt plastic would have been better to face the desire of 820.

Amenities: Modern 64-bit processor

The desire of 820 is one of the first smartphones worldwide, which is equipped with middle-class chipset for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 and offers some new features, that one has been missing at Qualcomm. We would emphasize the 64-bit architecture and the use of eight cores, where each four clusters are grouped, who work at different performance levels (1 GHz and 1.7 GHz). In addition a memory that meets high requirements with a size of 2 GB.

Software: Android 4.4.4

The installed Android version 4.4.4 however does not support the 64-bit architecture still, which can only the successor to Android 5 lollipop. De facto hold a 64-bit Smartphone with a 32-bit system in hand. Its full potential is to take only the desire of 820, if HTC has released an update to the new version of Android. Official information about missing so far, it is very likely that a corresponding upgrade is already in work – in our update schedule on page 42, the Smartphone has therefore a permanent place.

But even without Android 5 proves to be the 820 as exceptional performance. Responding skims the surface, apps launch quickly, and graphics-intensive games nimble flit across the screen. When playing video watching the good sound makes you feel: because the stereo speakers on the front are accommodated, the sound in the direction of the user is. A clear advantage of for all smartphones with speakers on the back or on the side, and in this price class everything else for granted.

Operation: Sense 6 with extras

The HTC’s proprietary UI sense 6.0 was taken over almost unchanged from the premium to the one M8, HTC has refused only on some of the details, which are due to the weaker hardware: because a co processor is missing the 820, which permanently monitors the sensors, it is not possible to control your Smartphone with gestures, when the display is turned off.

Besides, the HTC interface but convinced all along the line, especially because of the many useful tools and extensions. A special power saving mode turns off certain functions to extend the runtime; There are Office apps and backup software. Heart of sense but is the Blinkfeed, a social home screen, which collects messages from Facebook, Twitter and co and clearly prepared.

Camera: For Selfie fans

The quality of 13-mega pixel camera is appropriate for the price. The auto focus reacts sometimes slow, strong brightness differences in the dynamics of the image suffers and details are lost. In particular, the possibilities of the software are strong: all recording parameters such as white balance and ISO can be changed not only, but also as camera profile store, so that you can photograph again later with the same settings.

The capabilities of the front camera are also noteworthy: HTC embeds a 8-megapixel optics and enrich the software with Selfie functions, where the morphing as a fun feature stands out. With two faces in a new photo be put together – with some very amusing results.

Laboratory values: Very good reception

Compared with its predecessor, the runtime has deteriorated, the 2600 mAh powerful battery keeps 620er – model 6:05 hours on life (desire 816: 7:25 h). It is thus in the midfield, roughly on a level with Samsung’s Galaxy S4, but well below current top models such as the one M8 (7:13 h) or the Galaxy S5 (8:17 h). Safely through the day the desire 820 but brings its users in any case.

The radio services are very good across the Board, in the UMTS network, the desire of 820 creates even the top grade; LTE and GSM missing only two meter to the Max. Also the language quality is exceptional both transmit and receive direction – there are few smartphones, which reach a high score.

Conclusion: for the middle class top

The display resolution is relatively low, the piano paint not to everyone’s taste, the quality of the camera could be better. But everything else fits. In the middle-class smartphones, there is perhaps a sharper screen and a better camera, but HTC puts together a very coherent package. It is one of the best smartphones you can buy for 300 euro.


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