HTC Desire 820s Gets Official: 64-bit, 1.7GHz MTK CPU Under The Hood

Back when we were nearing the end of September, a new leak emerged via the Chinese Social Networks, suggesting that HTC is working on releasing a different Desire 820 variant, dubbed the Desire 820s. The handset in question was rumored to pack a different processor than the original model, which makes use of a Snapdragon 615 SoC.

Sure enough, the Taiwanese company has now made the HTC Desire 820s official via its Weibo account and revealed most of the hardware components that make it tick. Keep on scrolling down and we’ll discuss more right after the break.


HTC Desire 820s Officially Announced

As most of you know by now, the original HTC Desire 820 packs a 64-bit Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 SoC boasting a quad-core Cortex-A53 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and a second quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU running at 1.0 GHz.

The new HTC Desire 820s will apparently make use of another 64-bit octa-core SoC, boasting a frequency of 1.7 GHz per core. Although HTC hasn’t revealed much of the CPU’s specifications, the unit in question should be MediaTek’s MT6752 - the 8-core CPU with 64-bit architecture and LTE capabilities revealed back in February 2014. The processor packs 8 Cortex-A53 cores and is accompanied by a Mali-T760 graphics chip.

Other than the difference in SoC, the HTC Desire 820s doesn’t seem to bring any other new features to the table. Judging by what was revealed by HTC earlier today, the 820s will pack the same 13 MP main camera complemented by an 8 MP front-facing sensor, and it will evidently make use of HTC proprietary features like the BoomSound speaker setup. We suspect that the HTC Desire 820s packs the same amount of 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of built-in storage as the Snapdragon-powered model.

Any thoughts on HTC’s decision to switch gears and release a second Desire 820 in MTK flavor? Which one of the two configurations would you pick?