HTC Desire 820 packs a 64-bit processor and an 8MP selfie snapper

HTC's colourful mid-range phone is full of surprises
HTC Desire 820

HTC has brought some colour to IFA 2014 in the form of the Desire 820.

Its cheerful polycarbonate unibody shell – available in five different colours, with contrasting accents – is wrapped around some interesting tech.

For one thing, it's one of the first Android phones to sport a 64-bit Qualcomm processor – the octa-core Snapdragon 615, with four 1.5GHz cores for heavy lifting and four more 1GHz cores for less intensive tasks. It's designed to take advantage of the forthcoming Android L, which supports 64-bit processors – though the phone will ship with Android 4.4.4, skinned with HTC's Sense 6 UI.

HTC Desire 820
HTC Desire 820

For another thing, the Desire 820 packs an 8MP front-facing camera for selfies. So much for all that talk of camera sensors with fewer, bigger pixels. It's capable of shooting 1080p video – though sadly, the 5.5in screen is only 720p, so you'll have to export your videos to get the most out of them.

You also get a 13MP rear camera, BoomSound stereo speakers, 2GB RAM and a 2,600 mAh battery. HTC claims it's good for 22 hours of 3G talk time. There's also a (slightly measly) 16GB internal storage – expandable by up to 128GB using microSD.

Naturally, the Desire 820 comes with Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and a microUSB 2.0 port for connectivity.

The HTC Desire 820 will be available from September; you'll also be able to pick up a Dot View case like that found on the HTC One (M8). Full pricing and availability has yet to be revealed; we'll update with more info as we get it.

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