The Desire 820 is HTC’s 64-bit Android handset

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Not everyone wants to splash out £500+ when they buy a new smartphones, and it’s hardly surprising that budget and mid-tier smartphones have become a lot more popular and commonplace. The Desire 820, on the other hand, is the first phone to bring some serious power to a phone that has a mid-range price.

The phone comes with Qualcomm’s new 64-bit, 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 615 processor. Whether it needs a 64-bit processor isn’t exactly clear, but HTC could be focussed on providing the phone with a bit of future-proofing for when the successor to Android L makes its way onto phones sometime in the next couple of years.

So what’s it got? Well there’s a 5.5-inch 720p display for starters, an 8MP front camera, a 13MP rear camera with a low-light sensor, 16GB of internal storage, up to 128GB of potential microSD expansion, 2GB of RAM, and a 2,600 mAh battery. Unfortunately it doesn’t come with HTC’s Duo Camera technology that’s present on the HTC One M8, but you can’t really complain about the camera specs — especially with the low-light sensor.

Fortunately, it does come with HTC’s famous Boomsound front-facing speakers, and will be getting its own Dot View case that have gone down so well on the HTC One M8. It’ll run on Android 4.4 (KitKat) with HTC Sense 6.0 on top. Presumably it’ll be getting an upgrade to Android L when it’s released later this year as well.

There’s no word on pricing just yet, but the Desire 820 is due to ship later this month so we should be hearing about that soon. Being a mid-range handset, a fairly impressive one at that, does mean it shouldn’t require a second mortgage to get your hands on one. [Gizmodo UK]