HTC Desire 820 & Desire 820 dual SIM review: The doppelganger

The doppelganger

GSMArena team, 20 January 2015.


The HTC Desire 820 is a typical member of the manufacturer's mid-range lineup. It bears all of the characteristic design features for the family - a two-tone unibody plastic shell, complete with particular color accents and an oversized camera lens on the back. The handset is surprisingly thin, measuring 157.7x78.74x7.74mm and also pretty light for its size at 155g.

HTC Desire 820 official images

The Desire 820 is shaping up as a successor to the popular HTC Desire 816. The display is identical - a 5.5-inch 1280 x 720px Super LCD2.

The front-facing BoomSound speakers are still present, which is definitely great news. The 13MP main camera is identical (at least on paper), while the front-facing shooter has been bumped-up to 8MP.

Other hardware improvements in the Desire 820 include a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 chipset with an octa-core Cortex-A53, 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 405 GPU.

Key Features

  • Available as Desire 820 dual SIM or Desire 820 with LTE support, cat. 4 LTE (150/50Mbps);
  • 5.5" 720p Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen, ambient light sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 chipset (quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU), Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB of RAM
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat with HTC Sense 6.0
  • 13MP autofocus camera, 1080p video capture, f/2.2, 28mm lens,LED flash
  • 8MP front-facing camera with BSI sensor; 1080p video capture
  • 16GB of built-in memory, expandable via the microSD card slot
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0; GPS/GLONASS; FM radio; USB On-The-Go
  • Active noise cancellation with a secondary microphone
  • Front-facing stereo speakers
  • 2,600mAh battery; Extreme Power Saving Mode

Main disadvantages

  • Glossy finish is a magnet for fingerprints
  • Plastic is glossy and easily gets smudged and scratched
  • Rather small 2,600mAh battery

The HTC Desire 820 has a lot going for it as a solid mid-range device. It pretty much delivers everything that it promises - good camera quality for both shooters, solid sound and 4G LTE connectivity. The spirit of the Desire 816 is still pretty much present, but HTC has put a lot of effort into improving the phone in several departments.

HTC Desire 820 Dual Sim HTC Desire 820 Dual Sim HTC Desire 820 Dual Sim HTC Desire 820 Dual Sim
HTC Desire 820 in-house unit

The button placement is a lot more convenient and the Desire 820 seems to offer a more polished experience as a whole. The smartphone market seems to be shifting its focus more on mid-range devices that are stepping in as the new driving force, especially in emerging Asian markets. HTC has definitely caught that tendency and is putting a lot of effort into its more budget-oriented devices.

But can the HTC Desire 820 live up to the popularity of its predecessor and satisfy cost-conscious consumer needs in an ever growing and increasingly dynamic smartphone market? Follow us to the next pages for our two cents on the matter.

Reader comments

  • A guy
  • 30 Aug 2021
  • 8mu

Phone is indeed great but experiencing heavy overheating issues while idle and charging. Anyone knows how to fix it?

  • AnonD-959954
  • 30 Sep 2020
  • X$4

HTC DEAIRE 820 is the best phone. We have it and pretty happy with the HTC brand. I have even played PUBG with just 1 percent battery for 15 minutes. Surprisingly i won that day. Great pictures, no hanging problem, good display and strong build. The...

  • Yapz
  • 03 Sep 2020
  • mHr

If you are looking for a perfect phone for very loud music HTC 820 is the one to go for, in regards to phonearena audio benchmarks HTC 820 is incredibly loud and powerful in its headphone output.