It looks like HTC could be the first Android OEM to get serious about 64-bit circuitry. The Taiwanese company has started teasing what seems to be the Desire 820 on their Weibo social account. The post is littered with mentions of it being the first 64-bit Android phone to make it to market, an honor that not even Samsung’s silicon team hasn’t been able to claim yet.
We don’t know much about the device pictured above just yet, though it looks like it could come with a two-tone design. It also most certainly sports a front-facing camera, though that isn’t particularly surprising or exciting. Your guess is as good as ours when it comes to which exact chipset they’re going with, but we imagine they’ll look to continue their longstanding relationship with Qualcomm for this upcoming release.
Qualcomm’s current roster of 64-bit chipsets include the Snapdragon 410 and the Snapdragon 615. The former is a Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 configuration that hits up to 1.3GHz and sports Adreno 306 graphics, while the latter is actually an octa-core setup: 1.7GHz ARM Cortex A53 + a quad-core 1.0GHz A53 paired with an Adreno 4o5 GPU. Our bet is that HTC is looking to use the Snapdragon 615 as the 410 is meant for entry level handsets.
We’re not yet sure what sort of performance we can expect out of that or if HTC’s handset would take proper advantage of the 64-bit architecture (Android isn’t currently built to handle 64-bit systems just yet), but we imagine HTC will answer those questions for us as we head into the latter portions of the year. The announcement is said to be coming at some point during IFA next week.
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