Gone are the days HTC’s Android smartphones all looked the same, although it’s still a little confusing to tell which mid-ranger is which. The flagship HTC 10 is of course unique from an aesthetic standpoint, at least for the time being, while the One S9 strongly resembles the age-old M9, and the Desire 825 and 830 share a few key elements, but also each walk their own path where it counts.

Officially unveiled earlier today in Taiwan, the HTC Desire 830 cleans up the 825’s wacky rear pattern, ditches capacitive for on-screen buttons, slims down bezels, and serves up very elegant front-firing stereo speakers.

All in all, it’s a solid design… for a fully plastic-made handheld, and the specifications aren’t half bad, with a large and respectably sharp 5.5-inch Full HD display the undisputable highlight. Unfortunately, the 2,800 mAh battery sounds a tad on the light side, and the 13MP and 4 UltraPixel cameras are nothing to write home about either.

Luckily, the MediaTek Helio X10 processor should be the best of both worlds, going easy on the tiny cell while delivering decent raw speed, with 3GB RAM the wet dream of any multitasker on a budget, and 32GB expandable storage perfect for digital hoarders.

Pre-loaded Android 6.0 Marshmallow software wraps up the unremarkable but honorable spec sheet with a nice bow, and starting May 6, HTC’s domestic fans will be able to purchase the Desire 830 at the equivalent of $310. No words on a Western spread at the moment, though we imagine the upper mid-ranger could well catch on stateside at $300 or so.

Sources: ePrice, Nowhere Else

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