HTC will try to sell as many handsets as possible in 2015 in order to raise their smartphone sales profits. The company was forced to cut costs in 2014, and that's definitely not the way to the top. This Taiwan-based smartphone OEM makes really great devices, at least in my humble opinion, and it will be interesting to see if they can actually move a couple of steps forward in 2015. The Desire 826 was the first handset this company has announced in 2015, this smartphone was announced at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, and we were on the scene, you can check out our hands-on coverage here. The Desire line is company's mid-range smartphone line, though there are some really compelling devices in with the "Desire" branding already out on the market, and the Desire 826 is definitely a nice addition to that list.
Well, this handset has just in the biggest smartphone market in the world, in China, as expected. The Desire 826 features a 5.5-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display along with 2GB of RAM and 16 or 32GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card). This thing is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 615 SoC, a 64-bit octa-core processor. 13-megapixel camera is located on the back of this thing, and a 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera can be found on the front side of this smartphone. A non-removable 2,600mAh battery ships with this device, and Android 5.0 Lollipop comes pre-installed here. This is a dual-SIM, dual standby handset and it supports 4G LTE connectivity, in case you were wondering. The Desire 826 is made out of quality plastic, and it looks alright, though I'm sure this design won't appeal to everyone.
This handset will go on sale in China on January 29th, which is tomorrow. The 16GB version of the phone will cost you 2,299 Yuan ($368), while the 32GB model will set you back 2,499 Yuan ($400). Previous reports were touting a somewhat lower price than this, but I'd say this is just alright considering everything you get here. The Desire 826 is a rather powerful mid-range offering by HTC, and I'm sure that it will appeal to some of you. Let us know what you think of this handset and if you intend to get one.