CES: HTC Desire 826 takes aim at selfie craze
2015-01-06 14:41:46

    Taipei, Jan. 6 (CNA) Taiwan's HTC Corp. has unveiled an upgraded version of its price-competitive mid-tier Desire 820 smartphone that hopes to capitalize on consumers' newfound passion of taking self-portraits, or "selfies."

    Announced Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Desire 826 brings UltraPixel technology to the front-facing camera of an HTC phone for the first time, helping users take sharp self-portraits in any light condition.

    The new handset comes equipped with a 5.5-inch full-HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core 64-bit processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage capacity, a micro-SD card slot for memory expansion and 4G LTE connectivity, the Taiwanese company said in a press release.

    Also, HTC is raising the bar for the mobile audio experience by integrating Dolby Audio surround sound technology into its BoomSound front-facing speakers on the Desire 826 to deliver a multi-channel audio solution.

    HTC said the Desire 826 will be available with mobile operators and major retailers in the Asia-Pacific region at the end of January and will roll out in other regions in subsequent months.

    Shares of HTC fell 1.40 percent to NT$141.0 (US$4.41) on Tuesday in Taipei.

(By Jeffrey Wu)