HTC has officially announced a new mid-range smartphone in Taiwan.
The HTC Desire 830 is an update to last year’s 820 that also comes which also has a plastic build and bright colors. It includes a large 5.5-inch Full HD screen and is powered by an octa-core Mediatek Helio X10 CPU clock at 1.5GHz each and 3GB of RAM. There’s 32GB of on-board storage and microSD card expansion available.
This year’s model has received a minor tweaking on the BoomSound stereo front-facing speakers. Another improvement is its OIS on its 13-megapixel rear camera, a first in HTC’s mid-range line-up. As usual, the front-facing camera is the company’s 4 UltraPixel technology. Both cameras have an aperture of f/2.0.
If there’s anything to point out, it’s the battery. Although it was given a slight upgrade from last year’s 2600mAh, the 2,800mAh battery is still mediocre in today’s world. Hopefully the combined forces of Android 6.0 Marshmallow and efficiency of the Helio X10 chipset can make up with this shortcoming. We’re still not sure if the Desire 830 supports the new Pump Express Plus fast charging technology from Mediatek, but since it’s carrying the most recent CPU of the brand, it probably does.
The HTC Desire 830 will be released in Taiwan this coming May 6, followed by other markets in the next few months. It is priced at around ~$310 or approximately Php14,500.