HTC unveils the HTC Desire 826, designed for those who aspire to a brilliant life

Las Vegas, CES, January 5, 2015 – Today's consumers desire uncompromising mobile experiences to bring out the best of “me.” They seek ways to better capture, share and cherish their special moments. Harnessing the most innovative technology in the world today, HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today announced the HTC Desire® 826, helping people create the best possible mobile experiences by capturing the best of “me” in photos, enjoying your best personal moments with stunning surround sound audio, and expressing the best of “me” with bold design, colors and materials.

HTC BoomSound™, now even more engaging with Dolby Audio™
When enjoying a personal moment watching a video or listening to music on your phone, the sound environment must be high quality for a great experience. Just as stereo sound revolutionized how we experience music, films and TV, HTC revolutionized mobile audio with the first dual front-facing stereo speakers on a smartphone, bringing a great listening experience wherever you go. Now, HTC is raising the bar for mobile audio yet again with the HTC Desire 826, bringing truly immersive HTC BoomSound with Dolby Audio1 surround sound to your phone for an experience unlike anything you've heard before on a smartphone.

HTC is the first smartphone company to combine dual front-facing stereo speakers, a finely tuned sound profile and Dolby’s decoding technology to deliver an end-to-end multi-channel audio solution. Listeners can experience sonic depth and breadth not previously heard on a mobile device, giving every media experience an epic, true-to-life sound that jumps out of the speakers and off the screen. The package also includes an audiophile-grade headset2 that is carefully tuned for HTC BoomSound with Dolby Audio, delivering the cinematic surround sound experience wherever you are.

Incredible sound deserves a brilliant screen, so the HTC Desire 826 offers a vivid, 5.5” Full HD 1080p display that brings cinematic quality to your mobile world and means that those instantly streamed or downloaded tracks and movies have never looked better.

Capture, Share and Cherish the Best of “Me”
Taking a self-portrait while celebrating a friend's birthday at a popular nightclub or a special moment at a favorite candle-lit restaurant requires a powerful front camera to capture and share the best of “me” anytime, anywhere, and at any moment. For the first time, HTC is bringing the HTC UltraPixel™ camera to the front of the phone, helping you take stunning self-portraits in any light condition. Together with HTC’s acclaimed HTC EYE™ Experience, the incredible front and 13 megapixel rear cameras capture cherished moments in stunning quality so you can look your best.

When taking a photo with the back camera, you want “me” to be part of it to truly capture your personal moment. HTC’s Split Capture combines photos and videos taken on the front and back cameras into one split-screen image or video. Live Makeup allows you to adjust the level of portrait beautification even before the image is captured, ensuring you always show the best of “me.” Or create fun and funny moments to share with friends with Face Fusion, allowing you to merge your self-portrait with the face of a friend or celebrity for a completely original look. You can also wow your friends by snapping images and shooting video without touching a single button thanks to Auto and Voice Selfie. The HTC Desire 826 is also available with a 13 megapixel front-facing camera that captures amazing, fine detail.

Express the Best of “Me” in Design, Colors and Materials
Just as your clothes represent your unique style and individualism, you want your phone to express the best of “me” in a personal way. The HTC Desire 826’s simple yet bold, dual-tone color and dual finish expresses your individualism through vivid colors such as White Birch, Blue Lagoon, Purple Fire and more3 . The unique colors and materials pop from the phone to express your own personal style.

Gorgeous, soft-touch matte sides make the phone comfortable and easy to grip while giving peace of mind that your memories are safe in your hand. Subtle speaker grills disappear into the design to maintain the phone’s clean lines for an unrivalled audio experience that enhances the look of the device. The award-winning HTC Dot View™ case is also available for the HTC Desire 826, so your phone can be dressed up with an additional splash of color and style that catches the eye as much as it protects your phone and the cherished experiences inside.

Underneath the stylish design is more than enough power for your mobile life: the HTC Desire 826 features an all-new Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 615 octa-core 1.7GHz 64-bit processor that enables instant, seamless multitasking, gaming, and 4G LTE4 streaming to get the most out of the latest Android™ Lollipop software with HTC Sense®.

The HTC Desire 826 will be available with mobile operators and major retailers in Asia-Pacific at the end of January 2015 and will roll out in other regions over subsequent months.

A range of accessories including the HTC Dot View case will also be available for the HTC Desire 826. For updates on availability, visit

1Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. Dolby, Dolby Audio, and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
2Availability of audiophile-grade headset varies by region.
3Colors include White Birch, Blue Lagoon, Purple Fire and more. Availability varies by region.

About HTC
HTC Corporation aims to bring brilliance to life. As a global innovator in smart mobile devices and technology, HTC has produced award-winning products and industry firsts since its inception in 1997, including the critically acclaimed HTC One and HTC Desire lines of smartphones. The pursuit of brilliance is at the heart of everything we do, inspiring best-in-class design and game-changing mobile experiences for consumers around the world. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498).