Specs summary


The HTC Desire 820's screen is 5.5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat (Update Available: 6.0.1 Marshmallow) operating system (OS).

13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2600 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 17.7 days standby time, 1344 minutes (2G), 1344 minutes (3G), 550 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Reviews (7/10 Avg. rating)

Mobile Choice

The 64-bit champion

from Mobile Choice
HTC are slowly making the mid-range area their own. Perched slightly on the top end of the mid-range tier, the phones, although plastic have a very strong design sensibility and have some really good features. However, with the Desire 820, the battery should have been better and given the price, it should ideally already have been on Android 5.0 and not running KitKat... Full review

New brains in the same body

from NDTV

The HTC Desire 820 was a great device with solid all-round performance, and the Desire 820s manages to improve upon that in a small but significant way. It's a good phone with great performance which should help HTC stay on par with its competitors.

The HTC Desire 820s may not necessarily be the best smartphone in this price bracket, but it's still an impressive device that looks good, feels nice and performs great. We would recommend it to anyone looking for a mid-range smartphone, especially those who don't want to deal with the headaches of flash sales and invite-only purchase sy... Full review


A well-priced phablet

from Phonedog
It’s hard to argue with the quality of this phone for the money you pay, until you realize that the OnePlus is a similar price and has a more attractive spec sheet. In fact, if you’re looking to spend less than $400 on a great 5.5-inch screen phone, the OPO is probably the better choice. But that’s not to take anything away from the HTC Desire 820; it’s still a great phone from a manufacturer with a growing reputation for quality... Full review

Mixed performance mid-ranger

from Pocket-lint

The HTC Desire 820 has plenty to offer: it's a refined day-to-day experience, with the Sense 6 interface offering plenty to set it apart from the competition. And we're sure it will be updated to Android Lollipop at some stage in the future, which will bring a number of benefits, including support for the 64-bit hardware beneath the phone's plastic skin.

There's plenty of power for daily tasks, a large screen to consume content and cameras that can offer some great shots, even if the high megapixel count doesn't immediately translate into the best results. However, as much as we lik... Full review


Power CPU, good graphics

from Notebookcheck

The HTC Desire 820 is a logical progression and the successor to the Desire 816. As such, it does its job well: the smartphone comes equipped with an outstanding display, a speedy CPU and usable cameras. The SoC delivers the same performance regardless of the load level and is based on a 64-bit design, which might be an advantage once a corresponding Android update has been released.

The touchscreen of our review smartphone could only recognize two inputs at a time, which can potentially lead to spelling errors when typing a message quickly. It's possible that HTC will remedy thi... Full review


Several improvements and one drawback

from NDTV
In almost every way, HTC has improved upon the Desire 816, and created a phone with a more attractive design, stellar camera performance, and more power for handling all kinds of tasks. But all these perks come at a cost - the battery life. If you are planning on buying the Desire 820, we'd suggest purchasing a battery pack along with it... Full review

A well-rounded package

from GSMArena

In a lot of ways the HTC Desire 820 is the natural continuation of the mid-range handset line and can be considered more or less an upgraded version of the Desire 816. It is a solid device on its own, but HTC could have tried a little harder and addressed some of the issues in its predecessor better.

HTC has built-up a formidable reputation for offering some of the best-built devices on the market. The Desire 820 definitely looks put together well enough, but the choice of materials is a letdown, perhaps even more than with the Desire 816, and that's plain disappointing.
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Fone Arena

Great display, good price – performance ratio

from Fone Arena
The Desire 820 takes forward what the 816 was good at, mobile multimedia consumption. With a better dual tone design and more powerful internals, the 820 proves to be decent on paper, but with Boomsound and the great display, the phablet proves to be a great entertainment device on-the-go at a price tag that doesn’t break your bank... Full review

The super-powerful selfie phone

from TechRadar

It is clear that HTC has targeted the Asian market with the HTC Desire 820, an area where big screen handsets have taken off to an extent currently unseen here in the west. In order to keep costs down, this has meant that the screen has taken a resolution cut, maintaining HD status but at the most basic level.

This put a downer on my whole experience with the Desire 820, especially having moved from the HTC One, a phone with a higher resolution and smaller screen. My initial concerns that the screen would be too big were soon wiped away; it doesn't take long to become accustomed... Full review


Seriously one of the better looking plastic phones on the market

from PhoneArena

Our feelings about the HTC Desire 820 are favorable for the most part, which isn’t too shocking taking into account how the Desire 816 turned out. At the end of the day, the Desire 820 stands prominently amongst the mid-range market for its balanced qualities. Obviously, the piece of silicon that’s under the hood is arguably its most outstanding attribute, but there’s so much else to like about the handset. For one, its fun and lively design is a tantalizing change of scenery from the otherwise boring, plastic constructed slates we’re constantly bombarded with.If you... Full review

Zero rating from my side

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I love this phone because of performance and 64-bit beast inside it

Pros:- 1.power house performance with qualcomm snapdragon 615 with A53 64bit architecture. 2. 2gb ram 3.slim build 4.htc sense 6 UI 5.future proof 6.good battery 7.13 mp camera primary camera and 8 mp secondary camera 8.got it for 24000 indian rupees~389.04dollars 9.boom sound cons 1.not a great c... More
Pros:- 1.power house performance with qualcomm snapdragon 615 with A53 64bit architecture. 2. 2gb ram 3.slim build 4.htc sense 6 UI 5.future proof 6.good battery 7.13 mp camera primary camera and 8 mp secondary camera 8.got it for 24000 indian rupees~389.04dollars 9.boom sound cons 1.not a great camera phone(average camera phones) 2.heating problem while heavy usage(small price u pay for a slim device) 3.finger magnet screen and back cover. Less

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Full Specs

Release date November 22, 2014
Regions available USA, Asia, Europe, North America, South America
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
2100/900/1800/2600 MHz
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 4.4.2 KitKat (Update Available: 6.0.1 Marshmallow)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa core 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2600 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 430 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 550 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
1344 minutes (2G)
1344 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 17.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Blue, Pink, Red, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.8 x 7.9 x 0.8 cm
(6.2 x 3.1 x 0.3 in)
Weight 155 grams
(5.5 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 267 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 13+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Exposure value, HDR
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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