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.

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Desire 820
  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Octa-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(22.4h 3G talk time)



1. jeeta444

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

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

13. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

blue on white is a very beautiful combination

24. diehardnokian

Posts: 148; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

nothing beats htc in design!

2. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

8. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

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

19. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014


18. blitzkreig

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 18, 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..

20. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

4. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

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

7. xsoft7

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

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

9. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 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..

5. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

Pretty impressive

6. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

10. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

11. jeeta444

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

I want to see Z3 Compact benchmarks……!

14. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 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.

23. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

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

15. NIghtbaron

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

added oneplus one beats everyone everywhere atleast on this

25. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

the On screen test is double the HTC one m7. However HTC one M7 get full HD screen while Desire 820 only runs on 720p screen

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