HTC Desire 820 Mini (D820mu) pre-announcement listing_1

HTC Desire 820 Mini On Sale In China For $230

October 23, 2014 - Written By David Steele

A few days ago, we reported that the HTC Desire 820 Mini briefly appeared on HTC’s website but the listing was quickly removed. As at the time of writing, the handset has not yet been officially announced but of course the Desire 820 has been out for some time now. The Desire 820 is HTC’s first 64-bit device and has a slightly unusual specification: it uses a 5.5-inch, 720p resolution display paired up with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, which consists of a 1.5 GHz quad core high performance processor and a 1.0 GHz quad core high efficiency processor, backed up by 2 GB of memory. There’s 16 GB of internal storage plus a MicroSD card slot. The Desire 820 uses HTC Sense 6 over Android 4.4 Kit Kat.

Now the Desire 820 Mini has been outed and is up for sale at the source for approximately $230 and we’ve more information on the specification. Unfortunately, the Desire 820 Mini appears to drop one of the more compelling features of the full size Desire 820: the 64-bit processor. Instead, the Desire 820 Mini comes with a 32-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, which is a 1.2 GHz quad core unit and it’s paired up to 1 GB of memory. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing inherently wrong with the Snapdragon 400 and it powers a huge number of successful, responsive and snappy mid-range devices, but it would have been more interesting if HTC slotted the 64-bit Snapdragon 410 into the processor. The 820 Mini has a smaller display than the full size 820, dropping to a 5.0-inch 720p design. It has a lesser specified camera of 8 MP (13 MP for the full size device) and a smaller battery, 2,100 mAh rather than 2,600 mAh. It too runs Android 4.4 Kit Kat and HTC Sense 6.

I have enjoyed HTC’s mid-range devices, especially the ones from the last twelve months. These devices have benefitted from 4G LTE, BoomSound and late versions of Sense. You don’t get metal chassis but you do tend to get the same design as the more expensive handsets. The biggest weakness I can see of the Desire 820 Mini is that it’s unlikely to receive software updates with anything like the same frequency as the One or even perhaps the full size Desire 820. I would hope that the 820 Mini would see Android Lollipop, but anything else is not so likely. Still, for the target audience this is not so important and the Desire 820 Mini is likely to be a solid but unexceptional handset.