Taipei, Nov. 19 (CNA) Chinese consumers have flocked to buy Taiwan-based HTC Corp.'s Desire 820s, with pre-orders for the mid-range smartphone far exceeding the first batch of prepared inventory for online sales in that country.
According to a post by HTC China on Qzone, a social networking site owned by Tencent Holdings Ltd. -- China's biggest social network and gaming firm -- pre-orders for the Desire 820s had surpassed 1.26 million as of 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The Taiwanese phone maker said that only 50,000 units of the Desire 820s will be available when online sales open at noon the following day and that the first 5,000 buyers can get a discount of 400 Chinese yuan (US$65) on the 1,799 yuan retail price.
Pre-ordering consumers who complete their payments on the first day of sales are expected to receive their large-screen smartphones before the end of this month, according to HTC China.
The Desire 820s is a variant designed for the China market that uses a core processor from Taiwan's MediaTek Inc., the leading supplier of chips for Chinese smartphones.
In a move away from HTC's long-time partner Qualcomm Inc., the Desire 820s is powered by MediaTek's MT6752 chipset, which has eight 64-bit enabled processors and a clock rate of 1.7GHz.
The original Desire 820, unveiled in early September at the annual IFA electronics trade show in Germany, features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core 64-bit processor that comes with a lower clock rate at 1.5GHz.
The other specifications of the Desire 820s are the same as the original model: a 5.5-inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, 4G LTE connectivity and HTC's iconic BoomSound dual front-facing speakers.
(By Jeffrey Wu)