Desire 828 is HTC’s attempt to balance the dynamics mid-range which is presently dominated by Chinese smartphone manufacturers. The phone boasts some impressive specs coupled with reliable software but is being marketed as a camera centric handset. In case the handset is on your to buy list, here are the answers to the most common user queries about the HTC Desire 828.

Also Read: HTC Desire 828 Dual Full Review 


Key Specifications and Features:

Model HTC Desire 828 Dual SIM
Display 5.5-inch, FHD (1920×1080) IPS LCD,  401 ppi
Processor Mediatek MT6753T Octa-core 1.5 GHz with Mali-T720MP3 GPU
Internal Storage 16GB, microSD, up to 2TB
Software Android 5.1 Lollipop with HTC Sense
Primary Camera 13MP, F/2.0 aperture, BSI sensor, autofocus, OIS, LED flash
Secondary Camera 4MP Ultrapixel, F/2.0 aperture, autofocus, dual tone flash
Dimensions and weight 157.7 x 78.9 x 7.9 mm and 148 grams
Battery 2800 mAh
Others Micro USB, Dual SIM, 4G LTE
Price 19,990 INR


Question: How is the display on HTC Desire 828?

Answer: HTC Desire 828 features an FHD IPS panel display with 401ppi. In real life, display shines indoors but lets you down outdoors under direct sun. Even on cent percent brightness, we had difficulty in reading emails and phone contacts, also because of its reflective nature. Counting out these two minor issues, HTC Desire 828 display will not disappoint you.

Despite all those big spec numbers, we will say, this not the best display in this price bracket.
Question: Does the display Include gorilla glass protection?

Answer: No, HTC doesn’t come with gorilla glass protection.

Question: How’s the design and build?

Answer: HTC has tweaked its dual accent design with Desire 828. The phone has a slightly curved back which is made from matte finish plastic. Display nicely sits on a slightly raised platform with a plastic fame outlining it. On the sides, it is covered with a metallic finish plastic which feels solid and adds to the overall appeal of the phone. The only difficulty we had with its design in the volume rocker and power key. Both these keys are flat and will take some effort getting used to it. HTC’s dual signature dual speakers are neatly placed on both above and below the display.

HTC Desire 828 Dual Photo Gallery 

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Question: Are the capacitive keys backlit?

Answer: The Desire 828 doesn’t feature any capacitive buttons, therefore backlit key are out of the question.

Question: What kind of SIM card does it accept?

Answers: The HTC Desire 828 is a dual SIM phone and it supports nano-SIM in both slots.

Question: How much internal storage space is free? Can Apps be moved to SD card on HTC Desire 828?

Answer: Out of 16 GB of internal storage, around 9.4 GB is available at the user end. Yes, users can move some of the apps to SD card.

Question: Is USB OTG supported?

Answer: Yes, It does support USB OTG.

Question: How is the HTC Desire 828 performance? What are benchmark scores of HTC Desire 828?

Answer: In day-to-day life, HTC Desire 828 performance was on the expected line. In basic tasks like calling, texting, social media, listening music or browsing internet on the phone it handles everything perfectly.

With regards to gaming performance, Desire 828 handled 2 out 3 high-end games we tested very well. Nova 3 and Dead Trigger 2 game play were buttery smooth while we witnessed some fame drops and lag while testing Asphalt 8.

Antutu 37,850
Velamo Browser, Multicore, Metal 3091,1690,1003
Quadrant  24650
Nenamark 2 59

Question: What is SAR Value of HTC Desire 828?

Answer: SAR values are 0.320 W/kg@1 g at Head, 0.479 W/kg@1 g at body.

Question: Does The Desire 828 have heating issues?

Answer: As of now we didn’t notice any heating issues in Desire 828.

Question: How much RAM is free on first boot?

Answer: Out of 2 GB RAM, we got 850 Mb was free on the first boot.

Question: How is the HTC Desire 828 camera?

Answer: The camera on HTC Desire 828 performs best in the outdoor conditions. Details and colors were close to nature in outdoor shots. In closed surroundings, we witnessed some grains in the images. Mid tones were well saturated in both indoor and outdoor shots. HTC laid much stress on the presence of optical image stabilization (OIS), and it works efficiently.

The 4MP ultrapixel selfie camera also captures images exceedingly well. Selfies taken from it appears sharp with a good amount of details and well-saturated colors. The beatify on HTC Desire 828 is worth mentioning as it comes with a sliding option to manually pick the right balance to suit individual preference.

HTC Desire 828 Camera Samples

Question: How is the call quality?

Answer: We didn’t witness any issues in call reception in our area.

Question: How is the Battery backup on HTC Desire 828?

Answer: The 2800mAh offered us a decent screen on time. With HTC Desire 828 we were able to squeeze out 5-6 hours of screen on time. That is good enough for one day usage for basic and moderate users.

Question: Is the battery removable on HTC Desire 828?

Answer: No, the HTC Desire 828 comes with a non-removable battery.

Question: How many sensors do HTC Desire 828 have?

Answer: List of sensors are attached below.

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Question: How is the software?

Answer: The Desire 828 comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop HTC’s Sense 7 running on top of it. The HTC Sense UI offers lots of customization options, it gives users the liberty to choose and use themes, fonts and widgets as per their preference.

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Question: Does HTC Desire 828 support Gesture features?

Answer: Yes, HTC Desire 828 features Media Gestures and Motion Gestures.

Question: How loud is the loudspeaker on HTC Desire 828?

Answer: The Loudspeaker quality on HTC Desire 828 is worth mentioning. The Dual frontal speakers quite loud with clear sound.  HTC has added its in-house BoomSound and Dolby Audio in this mid-range budget phone.

Question: What comes inside the box of HTC Desire 828?

Answer: One Handset, 1 Charger, 1 USB cable, 1 headset and a user manual.


In our view, HTC Desire 828 brings a smooth software and good hardware to the table. For an average user who is looking for good cameras, tier 1 branding and decent performance, HTC Desire could be a worth option. It will however bear the brunt of extreme competition in the adjoining price range



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