As you all know, HTC has been having issues turning a profit in the last… well, a long time. HTC One M8 somewhat helped, but after the initial hype was over they fell into problem again. HTC decided to cut costs and it seems that worked for the company. They managed to beat estimates and actually turn profit in Q3 this year. That won’t do the company much good if they don’t find a way to move more units in the future. No doubt HTC makes great devices, this Taiwanese company is well-known for its design quality and great software, but unfortunately they don’t sell as many devices as they need to sell. HTC has recently announced the Desire 816 and Desire 820 (along with their variations) as well as the Desire Eye, which is a rather odd smartphone. HTC is trying to differentiate and probably hopes that will help them increase their profit. They also introduced the RE Camera alongside the Desire Eye, but let’s focus on smartphones.
From time to time AnTuTu, GeekBench or GFXBench show us specs of a device which haven’t even been mentioned just, and that’s exactly what happened now. It seems like HTC si preparing yet another version of the Desire 820, after announcing the Desire 820 and Desire 820q in India (Desire 816G was also launched alongside these devices). AnTuTu shows us partial specs of a D820us model (the device featured in an image above is the original Desire 820). These specs reveal that this device will be powered by MediaTek’s MT6752 64-bit octa-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz which comes with the Mali-T760 GPU. The device will allegedly sport a 5.5-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display along with 2GB of RAM for your multitasking needs and will ship with Android 4.4.4 which basically means it will come with HTC’s Sense 6 UI on top of it. The listing also says that 13-megapixel camera will be this handset’s primary shooter while you’ll be able to find an 8-megapixel snapper on the front of the device.
We don’t have any information about the launch date of this device nor where it might launch, but I guess this device is meant for Chinese or Indian market. I could be wrong though, this could be HTC’s way to lower the cost of their smartphones (MediaTek chip) and actually launch it in some already established markets as well, though I doubt that. This isn’t HTC’s first MediaTek phone though, the aforementioned Desire 816G also shipped with a MediaTek chip on the inside.