HTC Desire 830 introduction

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HTC Desire 830 introduction

Last week HTC announced their new phone that is set to compete in the middle class, and it is named Desire 830. Last year we say the Desire 820, so we expect it to be some kind of evolution to the last year’s middle class phones from HTC. And on the first look, it looks very promising. Depending on the price in your country (HTC announced a price of 300$ for the unlocked version, but we are yet to see what price will the operators put), it can be one of the better choices, if you are looking for a mid-range phone with a very decent performance.

Design

The HTC Desire 830 measures 157.5 x 78.9 x 7.8 mm, which is almost similar to the HTC Desire 820. On the outside we can notice that HTC has worked on the design, and there are some similarities with the flagship for 2016, the HTC 10. Although the body of the HTC Desire 830 is made out of plastic, we still think it looks very good, and we can see that the company managed to implement the Dolby speakers on the front, which is very surprising for the middle-range market. The colors offered are mainly white, with a choice of different colors for the strips around the phone. All in all, the design is very good in our eyes and we think it will be well accepted on the market.

Hardware

This is were things start to get a little bit more interesting. We will start off with the display: HTC decided to put a 5.5 inch display on the Desire 830, with the resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. The display itself is Super LCD, and the pixel density is ~401 ppi. We are yet to see the color reproduction, brightness levels and saturation, but if it is the same display of the HTC 10, we believe that it will be very good.

The chipset that powers the Desire 830 is the Mediatek MT6753. The processor itself is Helio X10, which is an octa-core processor clocked at 1.5Ghz, with Cortex-A53 cores. The graphic card is the Mali-T720MP3. Pair that with 3GB of RAM and 32GB ROM memory, and we can talk about one seriously powerful phone, at least for the price range it represents. Also, there’s a microSD card slot, so you can upgrade the memory for up to 128GB.

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The camera is a 13 megapixel shooter, with aperture of f/2.0, but what surprised us is that HTC decided to implement Optical Image Stabilization, so we can expect pretty decent photos from this phone. The front camera is 4 megapixel Ultra Pixel camera, which is no news for the new HTC phones.

The battery is of 2.800 mAh, so we can expect some average battery life.

Verdict

As we said in the beginning, it depends very much on the network providers if this phone will succeed or not. The price from HTC is what we would expect for a handset like this, so if there are good contract offers from the operators, than the HTC Desire 830 would be a very good buy. It is one of the top contenders in the mid-range market of Android phones, with a good screen, even better hardware, and promising camera. Of course, there’s the competition of the other Android smartphones, mostly from China, and the Microsoft (or Windows 10) phones that seem to offer a lot of performance for the money.

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