Sep 04 AT 5:43 AM Alex Wagner 7 Comments

HTC Desire 820 boasts octa-core processor, 8-megapixel selfie camera

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Remember that octa-core 64-bit smartphone that HTC teased recently? Well it’s now official, and it does indeed have the processor that HTC said it would.

The HTC Desire 820 is powered by a Snapdragon 615 processor, an octa-core CPU with 64-bit support. The chip’s got four 1.5GHz cores for heavy duty tasks and four 1GHz cores for less intensive tasks.

HTC has also highlighted the Desire 820’s front-facing cam, which is of the 8-megapixel variety. That ought to make it worth a look for you selfie fans. Meanwhile, the Desire 820’s rear shooter is a 13-megapixel cam with an f/2.2 aperture.

The full spec rundown on the Desire 820 is as follows:

  • 5.5-inch 720p display
  • Octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor
  • 13-megapixel rear, 8-megapixel front cameras
  • 16GB storage
  • microSD slot with support for cards up to 128GB
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Embedded 2600mAh battery
  • 4G LTE
  • HTC BoomSound front-facing speakers

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While Android can’t really take full advantage of the 64-bit support that comes with the Snapdragon 615, the inclusion of that chip could make the Desire 820 attractive to those folks that want to be on the bleeding edge of hardware. And the good news for those folk is that the Desire 820 ought to be fairly easy on the wallet thanks to its mid-range feature set.

Via: Engadget

Source: HTC

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  • Dirty Budha

    I applaud HTC for releasing an octa-core phone, but “boo” at them for only putting 2 Gigs of RAM. If you’re going to bump up the processor you should increase the RAM, and this should have been up to at least 3 Gig.

    Why do these companies want to kick the processors up to 64-bit when phones aren’t being made with enough RAM to utilize this? It’s a waste and a terrible marketing ploy. I was almost intersted in this phone until I saw the rest of the specs. Sorry HTC, this isn’t the “bleeding edge of hardware.”

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      I think you’re missing the point here. The HTC Desire 820 is a mid-range device – not a flagship phone. There are only a handful of $650 phones with 3GB of RAM, so why would you expect a $350 phone to have the same amount of RAM?

      • Dirty Budha

        I apparently posted as a new post and not a reply.

        Why put an octa-core in a mid-range phone when it’s not in any top-tier phones? you need at least 4 Gigs of RAM to utilize the 64-bit processing. Again, why introduce this processor to the consumer via a mid-range phone?

        • PaleBlueDot

          Being able to address more RAM with a 64-bit processor is not it’s only advantage.

          A 64-bit processor will typically have twice as many registers (where data is copied to from RAM for processing, and many times faster than RAM), native 64-bit integer types which can store bigger numbers, faster processing of 64-bit data types, and increased instruction level parallelism for 32-bit processing.

          From the list above, you will get a minimum of a 3% speed increase just from the parallelism, but if an existing application does a lot of 64-bit number crunching you can often see 3x to 4x the speed.

        • Sikulrn

          No, 64 bit processing and address space allows you to access 4+ gig of memory, but is nothing to do with it being a pre-requisite for processing 64 bits simultaneously, the improved performance from that can be done in any volume of memory.
          Can you think of a smartphone app needing that amount of memory??

  • Dirty Budha

    Why put an octa-core in a mid-range phone when it’s not in any top-tier phones? you need at least 4 Gigs of RAM to utilize the 64-bit processing. Again, why introduce this processor to the consumer via a mid-range phone?

  • SGB101

    I like this phone, but I can’t help thinking that this is the HTC One ‘c’ as in iPhone 5c.

    Done much better, but seems a like for like play, at least aimed at the same market segment.