HTC talked about a number of products during their CES 2015 conference, including the new Desire 826 smartphone. This is a mid-range entry into the series, although some might understandably mistake it for a high-end phone due to its impressive specs. Hardware isn’t everything though, and HTC is well aware of this. As such, the company decided to have the device running on Android Lollipop straight out of the box, thus making the HTC Desire 826 the first in the series to use the latest update . However, customers shouldn’t expect to see the stock version of the OS on this smartphone as HTC customized it with their own Sense user interface.
Software aside, the HTC Desire 826 is a 158 x 77.5 x 7.9 mm phone that weights 183 grams and sports a 5.5-inch display with 1080 x 1920 resolution. Under the hood, we can spot a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor that was built with 64-bit architecture in mind. The CPU is clocked at 1.7 GHz and is backed up by 2 GB of RAM, and a 2,600 mAh battery to power it. The HTC Desire 826 also offers a very good camera combo consisting of a 13 MP primary sensor on the back, along with a 4 MP front-facing shooter complete with HTC’s infamous UltraPixel technology. All in all, the new Desire smartphone looks surprisingly powerful compared to some of the other entries in the series and it’s actually one of the best mid-rangers we’ve seen in a very long time.
We don’t have any details concerning the price just yet, but we do know a little something about its release date. The HTC Desire 826 will launch later this month, but it will initially only be available in the Asia-Pacific region. Other markets are expected to follow soon after that, although a complete list of eligible countries has yet to be announced. Aside from the HTC Desire 826, the Taiwanese manufacturer also announced the low-end HTC Desire 320 during CES 2015.