Best daily deals

Links on Android Authority may earn us a commission. Learn more.

HTC Desire 820 set to be Android's first 64-bit smartphone

In a series of posts on Weibo, HTC has given a few details about what it has planned for IFA and its Desire 820.
August 25, 2014
Late last week, HTC teased what appears to be the Desire 820. A handset which is expected to launch at IFA in Berlin early next month.

We have been speculating that the Desire 820 could have something to do with the rumored HTC A11, which could be the first 64-bit Android device powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. In a small series of images uploaded to its official Weibo account, HTC has been teasing a few more details about the Desire 820, including confirmation of 64-bit processing capabilities.

The first image gives a list of HTC’s “first to market” accomplishments: from the first Android handset, the HTC Dream, in 2008, up to its more modern UltraPixel and Duo Camera 3D technologies in its flagship HTC One range. The picture boasts that HTC is also set to make another first in the Android world with the 820, which would most likely be Android L and/or a 64-bit SoC.








HTC has seemingly confirmed this in a second image, seen above. You can clearly spot a mention of 64-bit (64位) and a date scheduled for September 4th (9月4日), the same date given on HTC’s IFA breakfast invites which were sent out last week.

Qualcomm’s own leaked roadmap suggested that its entry-level Snapdragon 410 would be the first in its line-up of 64-bit processors to arrive on the market. However, Qualcomm has recently hinted at “upcoming devices” will be spotted with its octa-core 615 chipset. Furthermore, HTC posted the second image along with the tagline “# World’s first 8-core 64 phone # Yes, this is the first”.

Putting the two together, we are left to conclude that the Desire 820 will be the first 64-bit Android device, powered by the eight core Snapdragon 615. However, Mediatek has its own octa-core 64-bit MT6795 chip too, so it might be best to wait on official confirmation of the SoC.

We will find out much more about the handset at this year’s IFA. Will HTC be able to tempt you with Android’s first 64-bit smartphone?