HTC Desire 820 could come with a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615


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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.

[via GSMArena]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. A bit off topic, but I’m hoping that their next flagship looks something like the E8 but with the metal casing. I really like the style of the wrap around black glass/plastic on the front and the unibody design.

    1. My guess is it probably will, considering an E8 wrapped in a metal case would be the M8…

      1. It wouldn’t actually. Because the aesthetic design of the E8 is slightly different than the M8. If that were the case my previous comment would be invalid because I’d be talking about the M8. The M8 has some seams on the front of the case and the black bezel around the screen doesn’t wrap around the sides of the device. The E8 is actually closer to the M7 in design, and I hope that they continue that trend with their next flagship. Unibody metal, with minimal seems and the stylized black bezel that wraps around the sides.

        1. Agreed. I picked up my M7 after I replied to you and thought that you were thinking along the lines of the M7. I love the E8, but HTC is killing me with their HTC bezels now that they aren’t using it for buttons. All their phones this year are just too big in physical size for what size screen you get.

  2. if this is a sequel to their Desire 816 powered by a snapdragon 400, the snapdragon 410 would make most sense although it’s not 8-core

  3. http://phandroid.com/2014/08/11/htc-desire-a11-leaks/
    Seems a bit similar to Chris’ post from two weeks ago?

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