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First 64-bit Android smartphone gets semi-confirmed - the HTC Desire 820

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First 64-bit Android smartphone gets semi-confirmed - the HTC Desire 820
In 2008, HTC introduced the T-Mobile G1, a device which went down in history as the first Android smartphone. Later, in 2012, HTC brought us the wonder of 1080p resolution smartphone screens with the Butterfly, better known as the HTC Droid DNA. And in 2014, HTC may officially introduce the first 64-bit Android smartphone - the HTC Desire 820. Last week, the company teased it with an abstract image, and we pondered the possibility of the phone utilizing one of Qualcomm's fresh-out-of-the-oven Snapdragon 610 and 615 64-bit chipsets.

It looks like we may have been on the right track, as it didn't take too long for HTC to almost confirm the Desire 820's 64 bit-ness in another teaser image. Not just that, but Qualcomm itself joined the party by acknowledging the device as the first smartphone to use its octa-core Snapdragon 615 SoC.

The Snapdragon 615 processor itself is a upper mid-range CPU that utilizes four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1GHz. Its visual crunching partner of choice is the Adreno 405 graphics unit. Eventually, the Snapdragon 615 will be succeeded by the Snapdragon 810, which will make use of Qualcomm's powerful Adreno 430 GPU and is designed for 2015's flagship Android devices. A glorious time to be alive, isn't it?

The HTC Desire 820 should be formally announced at September's IFA expo in Berlin, two weeks from now, and you can be sure that we'll be there to meet it in person!


via G For Games (thanks for the tip!)

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posted on 25 Aug 2014, 09:36 9

1. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 365; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Good to see HTC coming up with latest hardware in their upcoming devices.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 10:30 1

14. CyberFalcon (Posts: 172; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


Yup...
And i strongly believe that this could be the rumoured HTC Eye phone...

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 11:10 6

20. vuyonc (Posts: 393; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Lol "Eye phone". I'm sure a certain company can squeeze in a phonetic patent trial.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 12:06 1

28. sam_tek (Posts: 91; Member since: 18 Feb 2011)


lol, funny - regardless of loyalties

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 10:36 4

15. lalalaman (Posts: 390; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


"Good time to be alive"......I was thinking the same:D

This device looks like htc 816 in design soecs are bumped imo

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 11:26 2

22. Daniel.95 (Posts: 89; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


64 chang :D :D:D:D:D:D:D:D

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 17:43

42. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1246; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


i think if they release this phone with boom sound and a good screen 1080 not higher then i think this phone could be the phone to save htc money just rolls in think about it every person that knows nothing about phones and the phone sales people will be like ow wow its the first 64 bit phone and buy buy buy buy buy

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 09:36 1

2. Ashoaib (Posts: 2436; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


bring it on htc

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 09:36

3. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1478; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


No one can comment about 32-bit OS. I'm laughing at you.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 09:41 4

4. Genersis (Posts: 206; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Though unlikely, I'm hoping this device will be HTC's answer to the Galaxy Alpha, but less "premium" and competitively priced.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 10:42 5

17. Commentator (Posts: 2515; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


By virtue of it not being a Samsung device, it is already more premium (shots fired!)

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 09:48 1

5. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 573; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


I think Adreno 405 is too modest for SD61X series, Qualcomm should pair it with Adreno 410.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 09:54 1

6. rantao333 (Posts: 277; Member since: 21 May 2013)


after years, finally android is catching up with latest armv8 instruction processor.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 10:07 4

11. Ashoaib (Posts: 2436; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


not years... a year

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 17:48

43. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1246; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


apple jumped the gun before the dev market was able to use the 64 bit thats whey its only 11% faster then the 5s unless the dev world is ready all tech is pointless. i will take this one from apple fans android waited to perfect the 64 bit for power consumption and dev and new os overhaul

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 06:46

50. Ashoaib (Posts: 2436; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


and they will do it within few months ;)

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 09:56

7. DogeShibe (Posts: 955; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Damn the wait...

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 10:08

12. NateAdam8 (Posts: 225; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


The complaints I've seen made about HTC are the prices and camera but that's just one opinion.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 10:23

13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8924; Member since: 14 May 2012)


HTC should wait until Android L.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 10:48 4

18. Ashoaib (Posts: 2436; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


they can update when L will be available

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 11:43

25. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8924; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Then 4.4.4 should be launched out of the box with Android L being released by January/February if they plan on updating their phones in the 90 day window.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 11:52 4

26. AJagtiani (Posts: 466; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


I thought Android L will be released in October along with a new Nexus!

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 13:41

33. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8924; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Read my comment again.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 17:50

44. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1246; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


htc will have L update by nov so this is perfect time htc used the l dev release to perfect the device's 64 bit and now like the g1 they will push the android world and others forward.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 17:52

45. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1246; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


first the android
second the 1080p
third the design
4th the 64bit android

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 11:22

21. Shino (banned) (Posts: 196; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


Yaeee! Only two-and-a-half years after iPhone..."good job, congrats! :)

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 12:04 1

27. Commentator (Posts: 2515; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Ha, what? It's been less than a year since Apple made the switch to 64 bit.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 14:11

34. Iodine (Posts: 516; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


The problem is that Apple is about to introduce second generation of full fledged top to bottom 64-bit platform, while this android phone is a rushed out 64-bit thingy, that will not see a bit of 64-bit code running on it this year. Can you pickup the difference ? Apple did a lot more than sticking an "64-bit" sticker to their product. If anti-Apple people can be content with an marketing sticker and shout around in happiness how "fast" the low-end phone making collaboration "leapfrogged" the company that is "years behind" makes me wonder if they can contradict themselves so well in real life as well.

Yeah suddenly it's "just" a year but how many of you were excited to havens being 100% sure that an 64-bit galaxy S5 or a different 64-bit phone is comming out not that much behind the iPhone ?

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 17:55 1

47. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1246; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


yet the gs5 is still faster then the 5s with its 64 bit hummmmmm and its a bigger screen hummmmm lets see how apple's minimum os works on a bigger screen with more power use.

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 11:48

54. nathan.carter (Posts: 365; Member since: 11 Aug 2014)


second generation with last generation soc. android is behind? have you looked around your iphone lately? Android has been the most widely used mobile system in the world.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 13:01

32. AJagtiani (Posts: 466; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


Wow!! What a great iNnovation by Apple using 64 bit CPU and an ultra fast ONE GB RAM!!

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 14:19

35. Iodine (Posts: 516; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Yeah exactly that combo kept the competition busy for catching up in performance for a year.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 17:53

46. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1246; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


and apple only 2 and 1/2 years later a 1080p screen yeah congrats shino dipstick

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 12:30 1

29. j.khan95 (Posts: 51; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


There was a 64 bit lenovo phone released earlier, something like lenovo s805,(I am not exactly sure), so how come it's the first one?

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 10:37

51. epdm2be (Posts: 185; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


Yeah the Lenovo A805e

- Quad core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) 1.2 GHz
- Adreno 306 GPU
- 1GB RAm (how ridiculous is that!!!)
- 5,5 screen with a lowly qHD (960 x 540 pixels)
- 8mp main camera
- 2500 mAh battery
- Kit Kat
- 4G LTE modem and NFC.

It's been mentioned on PA here
http://www.phonearena.com/news/The-Lenovo-A805e-is-a-sub-200-phablet-powered-by-a-64-bit-quad-core-Snapdragon-410_id57628

Should have been out by now. A crappy cheap big slap with low processing power, and useless (for a 64-bit cpu) 1GB RAM. If this is the sort of thing we might look out for then, Thanks but no thanks!

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 13:51

53. j.khan95 (Posts: 51; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


So it's not official by now?

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 15:30

37. Suo.Eno (Posts: 241; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


"and we pondered the possibility of the phone utilizing one of Qualcomm's fresh-out-of-the-oven Snapdragon 610 and 615 64-bit chipsets."

Eh? For all we know it could still be a SD410 instead...

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 15:42

38. luis.d (Posts: 210; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


But that one isn't in Qualcomm's leaked late 2014/early 2015 roadmap ;)

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 15:47

39. Suo.Eno (Posts: 241; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


Point being it seems like the SD410 are already there just lying around for OEMs to pick it up. If HTC really do get the 615 ready, then hey that's good news.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 19:26

48. Mube007 (Posts: 122; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)


kkmkk bloody moron hell with israhell do u know the full form of idf that is israeli diaper force lol

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 10:40

52. epdm2be (Posts: 185; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


It doesn't matter what cpu these things use. As long as I can play my games smoothly enough, call, text, browse the web, email and the bloody thing last for week then who cares?

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