HTC teases 64-bit smartphone for IFA 2014

Last week, HTC cut though a lot of the uncertainty surrounding its own plans for IFA 2014, dropping a teaser that pretty unambiguously referred to the rumored Desire 820. While on its own, another Desire mid-ranger might not be the most exciting news in the world, the 820’s been holding our attention by way of the SoC expected to power the phone, one of Qualcomm’s new 64-bit Snapdragons. With just a week to go before the expo, that connection is really starting to firm up, and HTC just published a new teaser that not only gives us a new glimpse of the smartphone, but appears to confirm that 64-bit chip.

The Chinese text in the image above refers to the world’s first 64-bit octa-core smartphone. Based on the SoCs we know Qualcomm’s been producing, that sounds like it should be the Snapdragon 615.

And while this teaser doesn’t outright say “Desire 820,” the fact that this is clearly another IFA promo (check the date), and that HTC has continued to talk about the 820 making its debut next week, makes it hard to think of another more likely candidate that this pic could be in reference to.

Will 64-bit Androids be a big hit, or is this one hardware spec that might look nice on paper, but struggle to deliver real-world improvements? It sure looks like we’re about to find out.

Source: HTC (Weibo)
Via: GSM Arena

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