Qualcomm confirms a 64-bit Snapdragon-powered smartphone for IFA - seems to be the HTC Desire 820

Qualcomm confirms a 64-bit Snapdragon-powered smartphone for IFA - seems to be the HTC Desire 820
Qualcomm today informed the world that a “Snapdragon powered multi-core 64-bit smartphone” is going to be unveiled at IFA 2014. While the chipmaker didn’t provide more details on this, the teaser image that it’s using shows exactly the same device that HTC revealed a few days ago. More exactly, it shows just a tiny part of the device - believed to be the HTC Desire 820.

Unlike the entry-level Desire 510, which was introduced earlier this week featuring a 64-bit capable Snapdragon 410 processor, the Desire 820 is expected to come with a more powerful octa-core Snapdragon 615 CPU. The 615 includes four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at up to 1.8 GHz, plus four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at up to 1.0 GHz. For now, we don’t know where, and neither when the Desire 820 will be available. In any case, for it to truly take advantage of the 64-bit capabilities of the Snapdragon 615, it must run Android L - so perhaps HTC will release it only after Google launches this new Android version (sometime this fall).

IFA 2014 starts next week, and we just can’t wait to see what HTC and Qualcomm have to show us.

Qualcomm confirms a 64-bit Snapdragon-powered smartphone for IFA - seems to be the HTC Desire 820

source: Qualcomm (Twitter)

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14 Comments

1. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I don't see the need for a 64Bit processor. What ever happened to OCTO-Core? Just wondering

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

They've merged if you haven't noticed. So far, all of Qualcomm's ARMv8 chips are octo-cores.

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

With eight homogeneous cores, how did ARM decide to split them up into two groups of four with two different clockspeed ranges? Is this 4+4 setup optimal for Android because of how the OS uses threads? Or is it because of temperature/power considerations? I might have thought two very high speed cores and four low speed cores would be more flexible. But perhaps the high speed cores aren't desirable with the current A53 design/implementations?

9. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That's always been my thought (2+2). It seems like having 8 cores is just bragging rights. Having 2 power cores and 2 idle cores seems pretty reasonable.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's for efficiency. The four low power cores are used for most processing, while the four higher power are for more intensive situations. Some setups allow all eight to run simultaneously if needed, too.

4. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Of course it should be HTC that will follow Apple's USELESS(for now) 64 bit . THAT'S WHY THEY MADE CONTRSCT WITH APPLE. Right?

6. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Um, don't forget that Samsung is also releasing their 64-bit capable phone soon as well.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Intel/AMD have been making 64-bit CPUs for years ARM even announced their 64-bit A57 and A53 cores well before the A7

10. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

If samsung and not HTC will realease first this 64 bit snapdragon powered smartphone, we wll never read that "USELESS" word on your comments here. Right?

12. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If it comes with 4gb of ram, then no. Otherwise, yes.

5. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

i dont care if its 64bit or not,as long as it has good battery life and all specs is in standard level,then it should be it

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Good on HTC, though this just reinforces my feeling Google has something kool up their sleeves for later this fall.

13. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

This might be the nexus guys......

14. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

Motorola and google at good. I think HTC is going to surprise you guys this fall.......these are the same kind of renders you see before something great. Nexus is around the corner. I can't wait.

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