HTC Desire 828 Hands on Review, Specifications and Price

HTC has been away from the market for a pretty long time. And now it’s back with a new mid-range smartphone in the Desire series, the HTC Desire 828. Desire 828 looks like a promising candidate with a good spec sheet. Let’s have a closer look at the device.

HTC Desire 828: Design and Display.

The Desire 828 is a uni-body device that is overall made up of plastic and consists of stripes on the sides painted in metallic color. It weighs 149 gms, which is a normal weight for a 5.5-display phone. The dimensions are 157.70 x 78.80 x 7.90 mm, but what lacks is the thickness which is required to make the phone a little sturdy in your hands.

Single-handed operation is a bit difficult due to the widescreen but is manageable. The front of the device consists of a front camera of 4MP (UltraPixel Selfie camera) and a speaker grill.

The back side consists of a 13 MP main camera with LED flash. Now another thing we didn’t like about Desire 828 is the placement of the volume rocker and power button.

Both the buttons are closely placed at the left-hand side and it becomes difficult for the person to use. You might turn the screen lock on when you want to increase the volume. On the right-hand side, you have a Dual Sim tray slot and a Micro SD card slot.

At the bottom, you have the charging port. The display of the device is IPS LCD which is pretty good with an enhanced HTC Sense UI to make you happy. The colors on the screen are vibrant enough and the screen adapts to direct light intelligently.

Software and Performance:

The HTC Desire 828 is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6753 Chipset and made better by Android 5.1 Lollipop on top of it. Overall, the device works pretty fine. We hardly noticed any lags and it didn’t even heat up while doing a high amount of gaming.

But then the device will lag behind if you try and push it too much. Meaning, don’t overload the memory and make sure to multitask intelligently, not ignorantly. Since it is a mid-range device, you cannot expect it to perform like a flagship device.

What we have now in this device is the enhanced HTC Sense UI, which is pretty famous in the market and is pretty good. Just like Samsung’s TouchWiz, HTC has now made changes to its home screen, settings, and widgets.

HTC has also tweaked some pre-installed applications and wizards to improve the UI. There are many other customization options as well.


Desire 828 comes with a 4 MP front Ultrapixel selfie camera and a 13 MP back camera. The main camera comes with standard features of autofocus, OIS, and LED flash, and the front camera comes with a 1/3” sensor size, 2µm pixel size. The cameras are of decent quality and the viewfinder can also extend across the screen so that it doesn’t interrupt while clicking a picture.

Video Samples

Full HD video taken from the front camera:

The camera experience is a little better and adds finesse to the pictures. The sensor of the cameras does a great job of finding out the source of light, and both the cameras give really decent quality under low light too.

Here’s a full HD video sample taken from the HTC Desire 828:


Desire 828 comes packed with a 2800MaH battery which can last for about 12-16 hours with rationed usage. But during heavy usage, the battery might drain within 7-10 hours.

So yes, carrying a charger is advisable. A full review of this phone is coming soon on once we are done using it for a while!

Here’s our complete hands-on review of the HTC Desire 828:

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