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HTC Desire 820 Could Be World’s First 64-Bit Android Phone

by Jacob Kleinman | August 25, 2014August 25, 2014 7:30 am PST

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Almost a year after Apple unveiled the iPhone 5s with its 64-bit chip, there’s still no 64-bit alternative available for Android fans. That may finally change next month though with HTC’s rumored Desire 820. The plastic handset was teased online last week and now HTC has dropped a few hints that the Desire 820 could be the first ever 64-bit Android smartphone.

HTC teased the upcoming 820 with two images on Weibo. The first shows a top corner of the upcoming device along with some text that seemingly confirms a 64-bit chip and a September 4 launch date. Meanwhile, a second image lists a number of other HTC firsts including the first ever Android device back in 2008 and its unique UltraPixel camera.

We’re still not sure exactly what to expect from the Desire 820, though we’re guessing it will be a slight step up from the Desire 816, which packs a 5.5-inch 720p display, a 2600mAh battery and a 13-megapixel rear camera. If the Desire 820 really does offer a 64-bit processor that’s likely to be the smartphone’s main selling point. The Desire lineup isn’t known for cutting edge specs though, so we don’t expect HTC to unveil a new high-end phone next month. Hopefully HTC also explains what the benefits of that chip will be.

From the looks of it, HTC is planning to announce the Desire 820 next week at IFA in Berlin. We’ll be covering the entire tech show on the ground live, so hopefully we’ll get some hands on time with the device and a chance to see what a 64-bit Android phone can do.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...