HTC Desire 826 (14)

As anticipated HTC has launched a new mid-range phone in its Desire range at CES 2015. The Desire 826 is a sibling of, and possible successor to, the Desire 820 which Lanh reviewed in November. However this new Desire phone takes a lot of design cues from the HTC Desire Eye which Joshua reviewed just a few weeks ago.

The Desire 826 has HTC’s signature BoomSound speakers and like the Desire Eye they are cleverly hidden beneath the screen and the top/bottom bezels. However unlike the Desire Eye, the Desire 826 doesn’t use a 13MP front facing camera, but rather it uses HTC’s UltraPixel camera on the front. This means that you should be able to take high quality selfies in low light situations. The rear camera is a more conventional 13MP unit with a f2.0 lens.

As for the rest of the specs, the Desire 826 is 5.5-inch device with a 1080p screen and a 2600mAh battery. At its heart is the Snapdragon 615, Qualcomm’s 64-bit octa-core processor which uses eight ARM Cortex  A53 cores, four of which are clocked at 1.0GHz and four at core 1.7GHz. The package is completed by an Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB of RAM.

In terms of storage, there is 16GB of flash and support for a micro SD card. The Desire 826 will be a dual-SIM device (except for in a few countries) and supports 4G LTE.

The Desire 826 will ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop and should be available by the end of January. Stay tuned to Android Authority because we will be bringing you a hands-on and first impressions video of the Desire 826 shortly.