HTC’s Desire 825 offers another mid-range Android option

Alex Kidman 3 June 2016

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Another handset joins the HTC stable, but you won't find it on any contract plan yet.

HTC has already launched its full premium handset for 2016, the HTC 10, and it’s also pretty busy in the VR space with the HTC Vive, but that doesn’t mean it’s done for the year. The largest area of growth for Android handsets is in the budget and mid-range spaces, and that’s where the company’s latest announced handset, the HTC Desire 825, firmly sits. The Desire branding used to be used exclusively for premium handsets, but HTC has since shifted to using it for its entry level and mid-range devices.

The HTC Desire 825 is a 5.5 inch phone, but in keeping with its mid-range aspirations, it features a 720p-capable display rather than something sharper. The underlying processor is a quad-core Snapdragon 400 with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage, as well as expandable microSD capabilities. Interestingly for a mid-range device, it has nabbed one of the features of the HTC 10, namely support for 24-bit audio, although you’d have to supply your own headphones to truly appreciate that.

You won’t find the HTC Desire 825 on contract at launch, although it’s always possible a carrier may pick it up later down the track for entry-level plans. Initially, it will be sold through JB Hi-Fi for an outright price of $549.

Here are the rest of the critical specifications for the HTC Desire 825:

HTCDesire 825
OSAndroid 6.0
Screen size5.5in
Resolution1280x720
Display density267ppi
Storage16GB
Weight155g
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 400
Rear camera13MP
Front camera5MP
Battery2700mAh

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