Introduction

HTC announced two new Desire smartphones at CES 2015 in Vegas - the high-end Desire 826 and affordable Desire 320. The latter is already on sale in North America, while the HTC Desire 826 is yet to be released later in January.

HTC Desire 826 may not be a flagship, but is surely intriguing with its 5.5" 1080p display, snappy octa-core processor, a 13MP rear cam and an up to date software package with Android Lollipop and HTC Sense 6.0.

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The long awaited HTC One (M8) successor rumored as HTC Hima didn't make it to CES, which means we'll be seeing it premiere on the upcoming MWC expo in March or on a stand-alone event before or shortly after the Barcelona's show.

We got to spend a few minutes with the HTC Desire 826. It looks both familiar and fresh and our detailed first impressions await right after the jump.

HTC Desire 826 hands-on

HTC Desire 826 is a stylish and fresh looking phablet built around a 5.5" IPS display of 1080p resolution. The gadget is absolutely identical both in size and looks as the previous HTC Desire 820 model, it even packs the same hardware, but its display has been updated to FullHD, while keeping the (5.5") screen real estate the same.

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HTC Desire 826

HTC Desire 820 was of a great build quality, and so is the HTC Desire 826. The rear cover is non-removable, which means the battery is not user accessible and replaceable. The nano-SIM and microSD beds are on the left, sitting under a protective rubberized cap.

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The back of the HTC Desire 826

The Desire 826 runs on the Snapdragon 615 chip, which is currently the best mid-range platform Qualcomm has to offer. It comes with an octa-core Cortex-A53 processor with four cores ticking at 1.5GHz and the other four working at up to 1.0GHz. The GPU in charge of graphics is Adreno 405, while the 2GB of RAM will surely help make the multi-tasking process buttery smooth.

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The sides of the HTC Desire 826

The smartphone is available in various colors with different base and accent flavors. All of those are made out of glossy plastic but one - the Tuxedo Gray, just like on the Desire 820, is of a matte plastic material which isn't prone to smudges.

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All models of HTC Desire 826 are glossy but the Tuxedo Gray one

HTC Desire 826 packs a duo of stereo BoomSound speakers - one of them is located under a tiny strip above the display and the same goes for the earpiece. The second speaker is hidden under an identical strip below the screen. The Dolby Audio enhancement is present on HTC Desire 826 as well.

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The BoomSound stereo speakers

Unlike the HTC Desire 820, the new Desire 826 offers a 4MP UltraPixel camera setup on the front for great selfie photos. There is no LED front flash, but with this sensor you might not need one as it does well under low-light conditions judging by our previous tests with the HTC One and One (M8).

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The UltraPixel camera at front • the 13MP cam over the back

The rear camera of the HTC Desire 826 is a 13MP unit, coupled with a LED flash. While there is no fancy talk on the press releases and press materials about it, we hope it does at least as good as the 13MP rear snapper we found on the HTC One mini 2. Both cameras are capable of 1080p video capturing.

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Another look at the sides of the white flavor of the HTC Desire 826

HTC Desire 826 runs on the newest Android 5.0.1 Lollipop and HTC Sense 6.0 UI. This combination is already present on some HTC smartphones and aside from the 64-bit support, everything else looks the same.

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Android 5 Lollipop and HTC Sense 6 UI on HTC Desire 826

The Asia-Pacific region will be the first to get the HTC Desire 826 by the end of January, with more markets joining soon after. The pricing is yet to be revealed.

HTC Desire 826 hands-on

HTC Desire 826 is a stylish and fresh looking phablet built around a 5.5" IPS display of 1080p resolution. The gadget is absolutely identical both in size and looks as the previous HTC Desire 820 model, it even packs the same hardware, but its display has been updated to FullHD, while keeping the (5.5") screen real estate the same.

Ces 2015 HTC
Ces 2015 HTC
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HTC Desire 826

HTC Desire 820 was of a great build quality, and so is the HTC Desire 826. The rear cover is non-removable, which means the battery is not user accessible and replaceable. The nano-SIM and microSD beds are on the left, sitting under a protective rubberized cap.

Ces 2015 HTC
Ces 2015 HTC
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The back of the HTC Desire 826

The Desire 826 runs on the Snapdragon 615 chip, which is currently the best mid-range platform Qualcomm has to offer. It comes with an octa-core Cortex-A53 processor with four cores ticking at 1.5GHz and the other four working at up to 1.0GHz. The GPU in charge of graphics is Adreno 405, while the 2GB of RAM will surely help make the multi-tasking process buttery smooth.

Ces 2015 HTC
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The sides of the HTC Desire 826

The smartphone is available in various colors with different base and accent flavors. All of those are made out of glossy plastic but one - the Tuxedo Gray, just like on the Desire 820, is of a matte plastic material which isn't prone to smudges.

Ces 2015 HTC
Ces 2015 HTC
Ces 2015 HTC

All models of HTC Desire 826 are glossy but the Tuxedo Gray one

HTC Desire 826 packs a duo of stereo BoomSound speakers - one of them is located under a tiny strip above the display and the same goes for the earpiece. The second speaker is hidden under an identical strip below the screen. The Dolby Audio enhancement is present on HTC Desire 826 as well.

Ces 2015 HTC
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The BoomSound stereo speakers

Unlike the HTC Desire 820, the new Desire 826 offers a 4MP UltraPixel camera setup on the front for great selfie photos. There is no LED front flash, but with this sensor you might not need one as it does well under low-light conditions judging by our previous tests with the HTC One and One (M8).

Ces 2015 HTC
Ces 2015 HTC

The UltraPixel camera at front • the 13MP cam over the back

The rear camera of the HTC Desire 826 is a 13MP unit, coupled with a LED flash. While there is no fancy talk on the press releases and press materials about it, we hope it does at least as good as the 13MP rear snapper we found on the HTC One mini 2. Both cameras are capable of 1080p video capturing.

Ces 2015 HTC
Ces 2015 HTC
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Ces 2015 HTC

Another look at the sides of the white flavor of the HTC Desire 826

HTC Desire 826 runs on the newest Android 5.0.1 Lollipop and HTC Sense 6.0 UI. This combination is already present on some HTC smartphones and aside from the 64-bit support, everything else looks the same.

Ces 2015 HTC
Ces 2015 HTC

Android 5 Lollipop and HTC Sense 6 UI on HTC Desire 826

The Asia-Pacific region will be the first to get the HTC Desire 826 by the end of January, with more markets joining soon after. The pricing is yet to be revealed.

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