HTC is a company that is known for its high-quality products – they might not have gimmicks or 101 random features that you might or might not use, they probably don’t even have the latest in technology in some cases but they do give you some insanely premium products at an affordable price. Most of what HTC releases is high-end top tier – but they do have a mid range phone series they like to call Desire, and this is a quick review of the HTC Desire 828.
Design and Build Quality
The HTC Desire 828 tries to follow the same design path that HTC made for its 2012 flagship One X, except with a few differences. The display of the phone juts out of rest of the body just a little bit – which could be a cause of concern if you have the habit of dropping your phone often. The body itself though is made of some really good premium quality matte plastic. Though the body is built out of plastic but it feels good in hand. Thephone is available in Pearl White and Dark Gray variants in India.
Desire 828 is slightly big in dimensions for a phone with a 5.5 inch display. The huge bezels on top and bottom make it harder to use the phone with one hand. The volume rocker and power button are on the right of the phone and they are hard to distinguish from the sides which improves the overall look of the phone but at the same time makes it diffcult for the user to locate them.
On the left side, you have a flap which hides the sim card slots and a microSD card slot. The front features a dual speaker setup and thanks to the HTC BoomSound With Dolby Audio the audio quality is really good.
The phone comes with a 1080p IPS LCD display at 5.5 inches, giving it a 401 ppi pixel density. The display itself is not a bad one however the colours are not as vivid as we have seen on the Amoled Displays. The viewing angles are good and the display is good enough for reading text, watching videos/movies or for playing games.
HTC has finally figured out an appropriate place for those ultrapixel cameras they have been making – the front of the phone now features a 4 “megapixel” ultrapixel (I know, right) camera for your selfies – what’s good about an ultrapixel camera is the fact that they allow a lot more light to hit the sensor, which means the sensor needs to be bigger so the megapixel count gets low but you get better shots in low light.
The back camera though is a traditional 13 megapixel camera coupled with auto focus an optical image stabilization – HTC says this one is good for low light as well. The quality of images captured using the back camera was also good. Due to the OIS you will be able to capture better quality videos even with shaky hands.
The phone comes running Android 5.1 Lollipop with the usual HTC Sense 7 UI on top which does some quite nice but little tweaks to Android making your user experience better. You also get access to the Blinkfeed and the new theme engine to change what your phone looks like quite easily.
On the hardware things are a bit different – HTC has decided to go with a MediaTek MT6753 1.6 Ghz octa-core processor coupled with a Mali-T720MP3 graphics processor all feeding off of 2 GB of RAM. The phone comes with 16 GB of storage with support for expandable storage up to 2 TB (that’s 2048 GB).
We didn’t face any lag while navigating through the interface or while running normal apps. It can handle gaming as well and you can checkout our gaming review below:
It did lag in some high end games but it did not disappoint in terms of overall performance.
The battery life is quite decent, HTC managed to cramp a 2800 mAh battery into the phone but there are no features like quick charging or wireless charging. The 2800 mAh provides a decent battery life and will last for 1 full day with moderage usage. For heavy users, you might need to charge the device before the day ends.
HTC Desire 828 is available in India for Rs 19,990 which makes it a mid range smartphone. It offers decent build quality, good performance and impressive camera. It is a good value for money smartphone for the users who are willing to buy smartphone from an established brand with better service.