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First benchmark results for the 64-bit Snapdragon 615-packing HTC Desire 820 are here

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First benchmark results for the 64-bit Snapdragon 615-packing HTC Desire 820 are here

After a period of teasers from both HTC and Qualcomm, the two's efforts finally materialized just minutes ago at IFA 2014. The just announced HTC 820 is a reason for both parties to be proud -- HTC has the world's first 64-bit Android handset, and Qualcomm is the one supplying the Snapdragon 615 chip in question.

Obviously, quite a few people are curious to find out exactly what kind of performance can be expected from the new silicon, and, preferably, on an actual, real device and not a test one. So we wasted no time and ran two important benchmarks on one of the Desire 820 units in the demo area -- GFXBench and Vellamo Metal. Judging by those, the Snapdragon 615 is very capable, and brings performance improvements over now discontinued Snapdragon 600.

See for yourself.

Keep in mind that the Desire 820 we tested was a demo unit. Performance may differ from that of a retail unit.

Vellamo Metal
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo 1009.3
Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G 886
HTC Desire 820 846
HTC Butterfly S 789
HTC One 781
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo 24.4
Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G 10.7
HTC Desire 820 25.7
HTC One 14
GFXBench Manhattan on-screen
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo 4.7
Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G 4.3
HTC Desire 820 11.6
HTC One 4.9
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posted on 04 Sep 2014, 03:47 8

1. jeeta444 (Posts: 126; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)


Nice performance....
s615 will be great chip.for mid range category.
now bring S810 to the market……!!!

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 04:47

13. Ashoaib (Posts: 1837; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


blue on white is a very beautiful combination

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 08:13

24. diehardnokian (Posts: 46; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


nothing beats htc in design!

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 03:47 1

2. JakeLee (Posts: 958; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


It saddens me to see only 32-bit benchmark results of a 64-bit chip.

On the other hand, it makes perfectly sense since Android's eco system will be stuck on 32-bit computing for a very long time regardless of the chip's bitness.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 03:56 16

3. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5399; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


First of all, the article mentioned that "Keep in mind that the Desire 820 we tested was a demo unit. Performance may differ from that of a retail unit.".

Second, 64-bit will only show it's amazing results in Android L. This phone is currently running Android 4.4 Kitkat.

Lastly, you're just another Apple troll like Mxyzptlktlkspaksiskaksl and Wendy Fake Boob Boy Garett.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 04:09 2

8. JakeLee (Posts: 958; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


And exactly that shows very well the whole mess around Android.
Nothing fits to each other.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 04:39 8

12. Heatfan316 (Posts: 409; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Sadly you no life, now I understand why you do, what you do, on PA all day long! Listen android L is going to be released soon, until then....Silence! Troll!

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 08:02 1

16. JakeLee (Posts: 958; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


L gets released, so what?

Will the apps become 64-bit all of a sudden?

Keep dreaming.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 08:05

17. nithyakr (Posts: 67; Member since: 20 Jun 2014)


What you Fandroids Say is "L is gonna release soon" or
"Note 4 going to release soon" or "z3 gonna release soon" bla bla bla.

Well how about "iPhone 5S did it, nearly 1 year ago"..

And what JakeLee says is true. its going to take forever to get Android to true 64 bit performance since most of the Phones out there running on GB, ICS, JB.
So even Android L is optimized for 64 bit chips, Developers will not port their apps to 64 since then only the phones with 64 bit chips will be able to run the application. So they might have to create 2 applications which will be a horrible nightmare.

This is not the case with iOS however. Most of the iPhones (i mean more than 95%) runs on iOS7 which is fully 64 bit supported.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 11:56

21. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1583; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


64 bit supported on > 1GB of RAM. TOTALLY WORTH

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 16:40

22. sachouba (Posts: 22; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


Actually, an Android developer I've read little time ago told that the apps on Android L will not even have to be optimized to work with 64 bits performances. They will only have to be recompiled to support the new version of Android (which will take very little time to the developer).

So it will be way more efficient than the 64 bits chip on the iPhone 5s

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 11:05

19. nathan.carter (Posts: 179; Member since: 11 Aug 2014)


DAMN RIGHT!!
SAY IT WITH YOUR CHEST!!

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 08:37

18. blitzkreig (Posts: 53; Member since: 18 Aug 2014)


joke lee back again? you seem to get an unbearable itch in the wrong places on android articles.

as for the iphone 6..

an extra row of icons for the 4.7 incher & 2 extra rows for the 5.5 incher. Oh.. & did i mention limited widget functionality & support for 3rd party keyboards? And the resolution almost equal to full HD?

The next best thing since sliced bread.

I don't mean to offend any apple fans & i respect their choice. But this response is to this nauseating troll.

Mods.. wake up.. show some spine & this troll..

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 11:53

20. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1583; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


No it doesn't JokeLee. You are secretly thrilled at any reason to take a jab at a device you don't like.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 03:57

4. draconic1991 (Posts: 130; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


wow beat htc one in every benchmark...and even if it is the m7, very impressive...

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 04:04 2

7. xsoft7 (Posts: 13; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


Dont forget the M7 is a 1080p device, while the desire is 720P. 2x the more resolution

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 04:18

9. draconic1991 (Posts: 130; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


oh actually i forgot that one m7 had a sd 600...was thinking about sd 800....and its a shame the snapdragon 600 wasn't in more midrange phones...i hope 615 doesnt face the same fate..

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 03:57 3

5. Tritinum (Posts: 83; Member since: 06 May 2014)


Pretty impressive

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 04:02 1

6. _Bone_ (Posts: 2123; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


It's a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo​oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo​oooooong awaited true mid-ranger SoC as the Snapdragon 400 somewhat limited what you can get out of a phone that doesn't bear flagship specs. This should be the new standard for any phone bearing a 720p screen, the Adreno 405 GPU seems up for the task although I'm interested in more CPU benchmarks.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 04:19

10. realjjj (Posts: 82; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


The A53 is supposed to be a bit faster than A9 but i have no clue why you tested the GPU and then in Vellamo , a Qualcomm benchmark that they obviously optimize for.
The GPU is not interesting , the new core is very so run some CPU specific benchmarks and avoid Vellamo.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 04:30

11. jeeta444 (Posts: 126; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)


I want to see Z3 Compact benchmarks……!

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 07:08 1

14. alexvv (Posts: 63; Member since: 16 Oct 2013)


(offscreen of course) mali-t624 is as powerful as an adreno 320 on a s600. adreno 405 is faster than that and sometime this will be a typical midrange performance. way to go !! but what the f* with the names? adreno 405 is worse than 330 and yet the number is bigger.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 17:14

23. nathan.carter (Posts: 179; Member since: 11 Aug 2014)


They are model numbers. The numbers have nothing to do with the performance. A lot of people get this mixed up.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 07:16

15. NIghtbaron (Posts: 11; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


added oneplus one beats everyone everywhere atleast on this

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