It is not unusual for mobile phone manufacturers to come with upgraded versions of their devices, especially when the specific device has potential to do well on the smartphone market. Usually when a device is successful enough, manufacturers will push an upgraded version of it during the next smartphone market season, so that they stay relevant without having to start a new device project from scratch. Let’s take a look at how much of an improvement the 820S holds over the regular HTC Desire 820.
The HTC Desire 820 comes with a 5.5 inch display with a max resolution of 1280 x 720, using LCD technology and reaching a 267 PPI pixel density. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which ensures the safety of the device and that it can take a hit.
The 820S doesn’t show anything noticeable change so far, sporting the same 5.5 inch screen and keeping the 1280 x 720 resolution just like the regular model. The display seems to be identical, all the way down to pixel density and what type of display it is.
In terms of processing power, the originals 820 features a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chip, which is labeled “octa-core”. The processing unit is supported by 2 GB of RAM, and the Adreno 405 graphics chip.
The 820S starts to differentiate itself here, as HTC packs the updated model with some new gear. The frequency of the processor is higher, 1.7 GHz, but also comes from a different chip. The 820S features the MediaTek MT6752 processor, designed of course by MediaTek, also an octa-core design. The same RAM capacity is present, 2 GB, but the supporting graphics processing unit is different, and takes the form of a Mali-T760 MP2 chip. The processing capabilities of the device are noticeable increased.
This is the category where things take a turn, as it doesn’t end in the 820S’s favor, nor in a draw. The original HTC Desire 820 takes the lead on this one with better storage options. While matched in terms of internal storage, specifically 16 GB of free space available for both devices, the Desire 820 comes with the option of extending the amount of storage space available ( through a microSD card), capping all the way up at 128 GB. The 820S on the other hand only offers microSD extension support up to 32 GB, falling way behind its predecessor.
Both devices run Google’s Android operating system. There are no changes here as both units start out with Android 4.4 KitKat but have the possibility of being upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshamallow. Most of the other phone generic features are also the same, such as Micro USB compatibility, front facing speaker and audio jack included. Both devices weigh 155 grams and come in different color options. While the HTC Desire 820 is available in Red, Gray and plain White, the 820S offers more color options, with users being able to opt for White, Gray, and Oragne.