HTC teases Desire 820, first 64-bit Android device

HTC has taken to Chinese microblogging platform, Weibo, to tease its first 64-bit Android device.

Set to be announced during IFA on September 4th, the mid-range product, the Desire 820, will feature eight 64-bit cores, likely running on Qualcomm’s previously announced Snapdragon 615 SoC solution.


Announced in February, the Snapdragon 610 and 615 utilize four and eight cores respectively, comprised of ARM’s Cortex-A53 design. Unlike Qualcomm’s existing 32-bit Krait chips, its first generation 64-bit offerings will run off-the-shelf Cortex-A53 and A57 cores, with only a speckling of software and memory optimizations.

While 64-bit chips will not inherently bring performance advantages, ARM promises lower power consumption at equivalent clock speeds with these new chips, and the new Adreno 405 GPU should be a significant upgrade for mid-range devices.


The Desire 820 should have a 5.5-inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM and a 13MP camera.