CES 2015: HTC’s Desire 826 has an UltraPixel front camera to make your selfies better

If ever there was proof that selfies won’t be going anywhere in a hurry, it’s smartphones finally making sure their cameras are equal to our pouts.

HTC hasn’t used CES 2015 to show off a new super-phone, but the company has cast itself in a flattering light by unveiling its new Desire 826 – an update of the Desire 820 with a model that boasts a 4-UltraPixel camera on the front, for the sharpest selfies on the block.

The Desire 820 is only four months old, so this new twist might a welcome surprise for HTC fans (or a total pain, depending on when you last upgraded). HTC has taken its cue from the similar, but more compact, Desire Eye, which launched in October with a 13MP camera on the front and a whole host of other features for photography junkies.

HTC didn’t have the idea first – Chinese brand IUNI’s bargain U2 model launched with an UltraPixel front camera back in March. But running Android 5.0 Lollipop and boasting the brand’s signature front-facing BoomSound speakers and a 13 MP rear camera, the Desire 826 could be a covetable handset. It has a 5.5-inch 1080 x 1920 display and a a microSD card slot, along with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor.

Set to launch in the Asia-Pacific region later this month, it’s likely the Desire 826 will sit towards the higher end of the mid-range market – but we’ll have to wait and see, as HTC hasn’t revealed a price yet.

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Lauren Bravo

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