As great as the new HTC 10 might be, it still takes away some of the key things that made some people like HTC so much in the first place. It doesn’t have the BoomSound front-facing speakers anymore, because HTC had to make way for that fingerprint sensor. The good news is that you can boom all the sound you want on another phone that’s about half the price. It’s the HTC Desire 830.

Quietly announced over in the company’s homeland of Taiwan, the HTC Desire 830 is the successor to the selfie-focused HTC Desire 820. As a mid-range phone, it comes with mid-range specs in a mid-range body. In place of metal and chamfered edges, you get plastic with colorful blue or orange trim.

The rest of the specs are arguably impressive for a mid-range smartphone, including a 5.5-inch full HD display, Helio X10 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 2,800 mAh battery and a microSD card slot. The 13MP main camera on the back is complemented by the 4MP f/2.0 UltraPixel camera on the front. And then there are the BoomSound speakers with Dolby powers.

This isn’t the one “new” phone from HTC that comes with BoomSound — you can find it on the HTC One S9 too, though that phone is north of $500 — but it is the first time that HTC has included it in the Desire family. The HTC Desire 830 goes on sale this week for $9,990 NT (about US$310) with no specific indication whether it’ll be sold outside of Taiwan.


Via 9to5Google

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