We’ve made our peace with the fact that the HTC Hima flagship won’t be launching this week at CES 2015, but that’s not to say the Taiwanese manufacturer hasn’t brought along an interesting phone in its own right.
Meet the Desire 826, an upper mid-range phone and the first from HTC to run Android Lollipop out of the box.
Aesthetically, the HTC Desire 826 doesn’t look a whole lot different from the recent HTC Desire Eye, though it’s taller, wider, and a little thinner (158 x 77.5 x 7.9mm vs. 151.7 x 73.8 x 8.5mm), and significantly heavier at 183g (vs. 154g).
HTC Desire 826 specs include a 5.5in 1080p display (the Desire Eye was 5.2in 1080p), 64-bit 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB expandable memory, 13MP rear camera, 4MP front shooter, 4G connectivity, and – again – the latest version of Android, namely Lollipop.
So on the whole, we’re looking at a phone that’s a little bigger and heavier (but thinner) than the HTC Desire Eye, but without the 13MP front camera (EDIT: how does 4MP UltraPixel sound?) or IPX7-certified resistance to dust and water.
It’s not clear yet where the HTC Desire 826 will pop up, though it’s initially destined for China, at least. As always, price will be absolutely friggin’ crucial, since there’s no shortage of cheap-but-decent handsets from China’s own mobile manufacturers.