Although HTC has said time and time again of late it’s looking to streamline its flagging smartphone lineup, reducing brand dilution, diversity and user confusion, the mid-end Desire family is alive and well, with several new models brought to light recently, and a couple of older ones brought up to date software-wise.

Exactly as anticipated a while ago, the Desire 820 leaves Android Lollipop behind to embrace build M, aka Marshmallow, in the midst of the year’s second quarter. The 5.5-incher never looked like much on the outside, with an all-plastic construction, but over time, cash-strapped phablet enthusiasts came to appreciate its respectable HD screen, powerful octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, and Boomsound stereo speakers.

The razor-thin HTC Desire 820 also features excellent 13 and 8MP cameras, and 2GB RAM, with its modest 16GB internal storage capable of up to 128 gig microSD expansion. Basically, all this thing needed to make some headlines again and feel like a more than decent purchase at around $250 was silky smooth new software with battery life enhancements, security optimizations, general performance improvements, all sprinkled with Sense 7.0 visual treats on top.

Unfortunately, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow rollout is hardly a global affair at the moment, though it can’t be long until it becomes one, as various regions, including Taiwan and India, appear to have got the ball rolling. Next in line, the Desire 826 and 626, we presume.

Source: GSM Arena

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