If you are looking for a mid-range, easy-to-use smartphone with good features, the HTC Desire 820s is certainly a good choice.
Powered by an octa-core processor, with a striking blue accent and white body crafted from lightweight plastic, this dual-SIM phone will satisfy both casual users and gadget enthusiasts alike.
The Desire 820s appears to be a new version of the Desire 820, unveiled at the Berlin Radio Show, which itself was an upgrade of the popular Desire 816.
It shares the same specifications as its predecessor, except it uses a MediaTek 64-bit 1.7GHz MT6752 octa-core processor instead of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core chip.
Performance-wise, the Media Tek works well, and I was unable to find any problems with any of the functions I tried.
How does it compare with the Qualcomm? Early reviews have been favourable, giving it the upper edge, as the Media Tek processor's performance particularly shines with media and game performance.
This seemed to be true: I, for one, certainly enjoyed watching videos on the phone, which ran very fluidly.
The phone's 5.5in 720p display is good, and its resolution was easy on the eyes. While its length may be a little long for some, I found it to fit nicely in my hand - as it's also relatively lightweight and thin, the Desire 820s was quite a pleasure to use.
The phone also comes in milky white grey, although I personally thought this was very dull: give me blue and white any day!
Its features are nice, with no cause for complaint on anything. Front-facing Boomsound speakers are always a welcome feature, as the sound is always loud and clear.
Selfie fans will also enjoy the 13-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front-facing cameras, as they deliver clear and sharp pictures (although like many HTC phones, its performance in low-light is not always reliable). Video quality was also pretty good.
The Desire 820s comes with 16GB of internal storage and also features a microSD card slot which can support cards of up to 128GB in size.
The phone runs on the Android KitKat system - the Desire 820s is expected to receive an update to Lollipop soon, although there hasn't been an official announcement yet.
The only gripe I have with the phone is its relatively short battery life. As it only has a 2,600mAh battery, the smartphone is not suited for long periods of use without charging: on one occasion, it went from full battery to almost empty in six hours with moderate use.
The Desire 820 came with a Power Saving mode, which dimmed the screen and slowed down the processor, and an Extreme Power Saving mode, which disabled multitasking and background tasks. I was, however, unable to locate these features on the Desire 820s.
Another minor problem I had was in fitting the USB cable into the phone. The cable never seemed to fit snugly into the port despite several tries, and if not for the Battery Charging icon on the phone, I would not have been able to tell if I had successfully connected it or not.
I am not sure though, if it this is an issue faced by all Desire 820s phones or just the review model.
The Desire 820s was easy to use, and its performance was definitely up to my expectations.
While there is nothing truly unique about the smartphone to really make it stand out from other models on the market, the quality of its features is good cause to purchase the Android smartphone.
Overall, a good solid phone, particularly for avid media users.
Pros: Nice design; no performance issues; good speakers.
Cons: Short battery life.
HTC Desire 820s
NETWORK: 4G LTE
OPERATING SYSTEM: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
DISPLAY: 5.5in IPS display (720 x 1,280 pixels)
CAMERA: 13-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera
CONNECTIVITY: Micro USB, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi
PROCESSOR: 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6572 octa-core chip
MEMORY: 16GB internal memory
EXPANSION SLOT: MicroSD card (up to 128GB supported)
DIMENSIONS (W x D x H): 157.70 x 78.74 x 7.74mm
RATING: 3.5 stars
Review unit courtesty of HTC Malaysia