Samsung Galaxy A5 is good but HTC Desire 820s is better

HTC announced the launch of its Desire 820s dual SIM smartphone today. The device is priced at Rs 25,500. A smartphone of comparable price is the Samsung Galaxy A5, which comes at Rs 24,500 or thereabouts.

With its decent array of specifications and features, the dual SIM Desire 820s gives Samsung Galaxy A5 a run for its money.


Let’s get into comparison mode beginning with display. The Desire 820s scores first advantage rightaway with its 5.5 inch HD LCD capacitive display of 720×1280 pixel resolution. It is a 10 percent more screen size over Samsung Galaxy A5’s 5-inch super AMOLED display offering the same resolution.

Of course, the Galaxy A5 almost makes up for that with screen protection by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The Desire 820s has CG Glass 3.

But now comes the hard part. Internally, the hardware that powers the Desire 820s is a 1.7 GHz octa-core processor backed by 2GB RAM. It is superior to the 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with 2GB RAM behind the Galaxy A5’s performance.

More desirable

# Has stereo speakers, FM radio that works with included headsets

# Has an IPS screen

# Has manual exposure, ISO setting

# Has a built-in HDR mode

# Has a gyroscope

# Supports 64-bit OS that allows more than 4GB RAM expanding scope of usable apps

The processor specs improve the multi-tasking abilities of Desire 820s and has lightning-fast Cat 4 4G connectivity at speeds of up to 150 Mbps.

Another big advantage that makes Desire 820s desirable over Galaxy A5, is the camera. Its rear camera promises 13MP resolution and is supported by options such as Live Makeup and Photo Booth. The selfie camera on the front too isn’t far behind with 8MP resolution and option for video chat. And, the phone comes with a video light for low-light conditions.

While the Galaxy A5 also packs a 13MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, its 5MP selfie camera only does the job without the frills that come with the Desire 820s.

Among other features that the phones offer, Galaxy A5 provides users with options including geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and panorama. HTC Desire 820s, in turn, offers simultaneous video and image recording besides the A5’s feature set.

Storage-wise, Samsung’s Galaxy A5 comes with 16 GB internal storage with a facility to extend it using SD cards up to 64GB. Although Desire 820s also comes with 16GB of internal memory storage, it supports microSD cards up to 128GB. Further, both devices offer Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC and USB.

One other feature that favours the HTC Desire 820s is MediaTek technology. It helps manage operations that impose higher and lower workloads on the phone with the help of power clusters within the processor.

And then there is the power source to compare. The lithium-polymer 2600mAh battery powering the Desire 820s offers 13.04 percent more juice than the 2300mAh non-removable Lithium ion of the Galaxy A5. We would pick the Desire 820s.

Vishal Kawadkar & Ajith Kumar S


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