HTC has already announced the entry-level Desire 320 and the company is now unveiling its second smartphone at CES 2015 – the Desire 826. The new mid-range flagship device is a follow-up to the still fresh Desire 820, but borrows many features from the Desire Eye, such as the same BoomSound front-facing stereo speakers that have been improved with Dolby Audio and anti-slip soft sides.

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The smartphone features a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset with the CPU clocking at 1.7GHz and a 5.5-inch 1920×1080 display. There’s a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a new UltraPixel shooter on the front for selfies. There’s a 2,600mAh battery powering the whole shebang and the device has 2GB of RAM. The good news is that it runs Android 5.0 with HTC Sense on top, so you won’t have to wait for HTC to make the upgrade to Lollipop.

Speaking of its similarity with the Desire Eyem this new model also gets the HTC EYE Experience software suite that allows users to optimize their phone’s camera. All the innards are embedded in a polycarbonate frame. HTC also said that it has made a dedicated Dot View case for the device.

The fact that HTC has decided to update the previous generation so quickly is due to the fact that the company is changing its release cycles. CFO Chia-Lin Chang said that the Desire 8 series will have two new models each year.

The HTC Desire 826 is launching in the Asia-Pacific region first, with a roll-out scheduled for later this month, but at the moment the price hasn’t been disclosed.

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