HTC Desire 826 vs Samsung Galaxy A7: Battle of the mid-range Android phablets

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Written by  Kundan Srivastava  ;

HTC Desire 826 vs Samsung Galaxy A7: Battle of the mid-range Android phablets
Competition in the Indian
smartphone market is on the rise, as the international and domestic vendors
both are focusing on offering feature-loaded devices at a budget. Recently new Report On Android Security Finds Fewer Than 1% Of Phones Are Potentially At Risk. Apart from
the entry-level segment, the smartphone makers have started offering mid-range
devices at competitive price tags. HTC and Samsung are the fine example of
these vendors, as both the companies recently launched their latest mid-range
smartphones with aggressive pricing in India.

HTC’s new offering the Desire 86
and Samsung’s latest mid-range Galaxy A7, both are being offered in the sub-Rs
30,000 range, which in ordinary course of things would be around Rs 40,000.
They are among the best contenders of the mid-range Android phablets arena. So
if you are eyeballing these devices, let’s compare their features in the Desire
826 vs Galaxy A7 comparison to find which one is better.

HTC
Desire 826 vs Samsung Galaxy A7: Comparison of the premium mid-range Android
phablets with 4G LTE

Design
The HTC Desire 826 looks like a
usual mid-range offering from the Taiwanese brand that offers front-firing
BoomSound speakers, which are usually found in most HTC devices in this range.
On the design front, the dual-color tone body of the Desire 826 looks
appealing, and the phone is quite slim with 7.5mm thickness and lightweight at
183 grams. The Samsung Galaxy A7 on the other hand is the brand’s slimmest
device till date with a thickness of just 6.3mm. The phone is built with a
metallic frame for premium appeal and durability. So in the design segment, the
Galaxy A7 clearly wins over the Desire 826.

Display
& Software features

The Desire 826 and Galaxy A7, both
offer immersive media experience with their large 5.5-inch full-HD resolution
displays. On the software front, the Samsung Galaxy A7 runs Android 4.4 KitKat
with the brand’s new TouchWiz UI on top. The Desire 826 on the other hand
offers the latest Android experience as it runs Lollipop with Sense UI on top. So
in the software segment, they have their unique software tweaks to offer.

Configuration

The HTC Desire 826 and Samsung
Galaxy A7 are powered by 64-bit 1.7GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615
processors, further supported by Adreno 405 GPUs and 2GB of RAM. Both are
equipped with 16GB of flash memory, further expandable with the help of a
microSD card. So performance wise, the Desire 826 and Galaxy A7 offer similar
user experience on the paper.

Camera

For imaging, the Desire 826 and
Galaxy A7 both offer 13MP primary cameras with LED flash. For selfies, the
Galaxy A7 houses a 5MP secondary shooter with wide-selfie and Beauty face
features. The Desire 826 on the other hand impresses the selfie-lovers with its
UltraPixel front shooter that allows users to capture quality self-portraits in
low-light conditions.

Connectivity
and Battery

On the connectivity front, the
Galaxy A7 and Desire 826, both offer 4G LTE support and dual-SIM slots. They
also offer 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, and micro-USB 2.0. The Galaxy A7
supports NFC (near field communication) connectivity, which the Desire 826
lacks. Both are loaded with non-removable 2,600mAh batteries, which could have
been of a higher capacity considering their size.

Conclusion

The HTC Desire
826
vs Samsung Galaxy A7 showdown reveals that both the phones
are unique in their own way. The Galaxy A7 flaunts a premium metallic body that
is really slim around the waist. The Desire 826 impresses with its front-facing
BoomSound speakers to deliver immersible media experience, and its UltraPixel
front shooter for better selfies. Coming to the pricing, the Samsung Galaxy A7
is being offered for Rs 30,499, while the Desire 826 is a pretty sweet deal at
Rs 25,990. So which one of these mid-rangers have caught your eye, or do you
have any other device in mind? Please share in the comments.
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