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HTC has joined the legions of tech companies that are revealing new products at IFA in Berlin, after it announced the mid-range HTC Desire 820.
The 5.5-inch phone weighs in with a Qualcomm Octa-Core 64-bit processor — HTC’s second new device to sport 64-bits, but first to support Android L — 1.5GHz of RAM, and support for LTE networks. Strangely, HTC’s press materials make no mention of which version of Android that the device runs, but we know that it is Android 4.4, aka KitKat.
The Desire 820 has an eight-megapixel front-facing camera and a 13-megapixel rear camera. Photography, well consumer camera features, are a big focus for this phone — which includes services that will let you “merge your features with a friend’s or celebrity’s for a modern mashup” (hmm, ok), and another which lets you preview your image while applying changes to smooth out your skin tones.
A third photo-focused feature — Photo Booth — lets you capture a burst of photos, presumably so you can then pick the one that looks best.
HTC says the device is mid-range, but there’s no price yet. Going on the features, it appears to be angled towards youngsters who perhaps can’t afford a top-end device or will find the focus on photos alluring.
The Desire 820 will be available “later this fall” — for now that’s all HTC is saying.
Image via HTC
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