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

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!)



1. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 554; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

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

14. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

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

20. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

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

28. sam_tek

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 18, 2011

lol, funny - regardless of loyalties

15. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

"Good time to be alive"......I was thinking the same:D This device looks like htc 816 in design soecs are bumped imo

22. Daniel.95

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

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

42. engineer-1701d unregistered

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

2. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

bring it on htc

3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

4. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

17. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

5. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

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

6. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

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

11. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

not years... a year

43. engineer-1701d unregistered

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

50. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

and they will do it within few months ;)

7. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Damn the wait...

12. NateAdam8

Posts: 439; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

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

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

HTC should wait until Android L.

18. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

they can update when L will be available

25. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

26. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

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

33. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Read my comment again.

44. engineer-1701d unregistered

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.

45. engineer-1701d unregistered

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

21. Shino

Posts: 196; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

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

27. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

34. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 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 ?

47. engineer-1701d unregistered

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.

54. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 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.

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