For the first time in a few years, HTC introduced a new device at CES: the HTC Desire 826. While the phone isn’t intended for the U.S. or European markets, we do expect to see something very similar to the Desire 826 makes its way west in the next month or two.
The HTC Desire 826 is a mid-range device, but its 1.7GHz 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB RAM, 13-megapixel front camera, 5.5-inch 1080p display and 2600mAh battery make it quite appealing. If that isn’t enough, the HTC Desire 826 also sports a front-facing UltraPixel camera that does an amazing job even in low-light situations.
While current HTC owners are waiting for their Android 5.0 (Lollipop) update, the HTC Desire 826 comes with Google’s latest software right out of the box. The software on the phone isn’t much different than Sense 6 that’s currently running on other HTC Desires, but there are some subtle changes to the notification panel and lock screen.
The HTC Desire 826 doesn’t hold a cable to the LG G Flex 2, but it’s definitely an appealing option for those who want a large display and good camera experience for less than $400.