The Desire 828 has a good display and the front facing speakers add to the multimedia experience. But when you consider the competition at the sub 20K price point, you may want to access your requirement before choosing the right smartphone. This price point is flooded with smartphones offering a unique experience based on your requirement.
The build of the HTC Desire 828 is similar to its predecessors. The review unit we received has a black matte finished back and a golden brown border that surrounds the phone. The rear back panel is non removable but if you try really hard, you can get it off. The phone is really slim at 7.9mm and is very comfortable to hold. The matte rubberised back of the smartphone gives it a really good grip, better than some phones with a metal body. Considering the design on offer with the HTC Desire 828 it was extremely comfortable to hold especially when using the keyboard to type.
Kicking things off with the display, the smartphone has a 5.5-inch LCD display with a 1920×1080 pixel resolution. The display is crisp, vibrant and placed along side other smartphone displays in the same price bracket, has better colour reproduction. Text looks good, whites look white and it’s a treat watching videos. I spent a lot of time watching animated movies and the colour reproduction was good and the display is vibrant.
Coming to the UI, if you have used an HTC smartphone in the past, you will feel right at home here. The smartphone runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop, skinned with the HTC Sense 7.0 UI. Sense UI 7.0 has a few tweaks when compared to its predecessor. It still has BlinkFeed with a few tweaks here and there but overall, the sense UI 7.0 is a good one.
Before we get into the performance of the smartphone here is a quick look at the specifications. As we’ve mentioned, the HTC Desire 828 has a 5.5-inch 1080p display. Under the hood, the smartphone has the Mediatek MT6753 chipset with the Octa-core 1.5GHz CPU. The device has 2GB RAM and 16GB built-in storage which can be expanded up to 200GB via a microSD card. The rear has a 13MP OIS camera and the front has a 4MP UltraPixel camera. A 2800mAh battery powers the entire package.