HTC Desire 820 vs Lumia 830 – The Battle Of Cameras

HTC couldn’t get over their Desire 816 model and made another version with a refined design and instead of a quad core, the company used an octa-core on a 64-bit capable chip. The Lumia 830 is an affordable flagship from Nokia, with a new PureView camera, but has a disappointing battery capacity. But more about these phones you can read in this article.


Lately, more and more glossy phones have hit the markets and it seems that the manufacturers are using plastic to not be forced to raise the price of their products. As we were saying, both the Desire 820 and Lumia 820 have their backs made of glossy plastic, but the Desire 816 has narrower bezels than its predecessor and features a two-tone unobody design, while the Lumia 830 has its rear camera surrounded by a large black circular lens housing.

The Desire 820 weights 155grams, with 5grams more than the Lumia 830 and it’s thinner at 7.7mm, while its opponent measures 8.5mm.


The Desire 820 is bigger than its rival, featuring a 5.5inches LCD display which supports the same resolution of 720×1280 pixels as the Lumia 820, but this phone has a 5inches IPS LCD display whose pixel density is denser at 294ppi, compared to 267ppi.

Processors and operating systems

The Desire 820 is powered by a newer Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 octa core processor consisting of two processors with four cores clocked at 1.5GHz and 1GHz, and uses graphics from Adreno 405. Even the RAM capacity is bigger at 2GB but the internal memory is the same at 16GB, with the possibility to obtain 128GB with a microSD card. The Lumia 830 model is armed with an inferior Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 processor which supports an Adreno 305 GPU and 1GB of RAM.

The Desire 820 runs on Google’s Android 4.4.2 KitKat version, while the Lumia 830 operates on the latest Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 OS with Denim UI on top of it and Nokia brought some updates for the camera and Cortana personal assistant.


The rear camera on the Desire 820 has a higher resolution of 13MP and features including LED flash, autofocus, HDR etc., and if you like to take selfies, you’ll be very satisfied of the 8MP front camera. We cannot say the same about Lumia 830’s front camera which is only 0.9MP, but the back camera is good enough at 10MP because it uses Carl Zeiss optics and the PureView technology offers clear and bright images. Plus, the optical image stabilization will help you get photos that are no longer blurred in case your hand is shaking.


The battery on the Desire 820 is non-removable and its capacity is 2600mAh, with a total duration of talktime of over 22 hours. The Lumia 830 is fitted with a smaller 2200 mAh battery with less than 15 hours of talktime on 3G.


The Desire 820 costs around 405 dollars on the Indian market, while the Lumia 830 is 5 dollars more expensive.

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