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HTC's 64-bit A11 is entry level

Rumors by Luke Jones on Monday August 11, 2014.

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The 64=bit A11
The 64=bit A11

Google has had Android prepped for 64-bit performance for some time, and go to chip maker Qualcomm said its 64-bit ready architecture is ready to go and smartphones using the chipset will arrive late in 2014. Before the heavyweight devices land, HTC will roll out its first 64-bit smartphone and it will be a budget addition to the company's current line up.

The handset in question has been revealed by tipster @Upleaks and is supposedly called the A11, a smartphone that will land at the entry level of HTC's Desire line. The handset will take a Qualcomm chip from the company's new 10 line (the Snapdragon 410, 610, and 810), but instead of having the 810 flagship powerhouse, its price point means it will have the more modest Snapdragon 410.

You are probably wondering why HTC would bother making this a 64-bit device (the Snapdragon 410 is a 64-bit chip) if it is only running a modest processor with just 1.4GHz. It would be a fair question too considering the debate still rages as to whether current flagships and the device that started it all, the iPhone 5s, can take full advantage of 64-bit processing yet.

If there is a question mark over those blockbuster device, you can pretty much guarantee that the HTC Desire A11 will not get the most from the chipset. That said, it is probably a case of HTC just selecting the newest processor for the job, and the 410 fit the bill, while the gimmick (which is almost certainly what it is in this instance) will do marketing no harm.

Elsewhere the A11 gets a very modest 4.7-inch 420p screen, a 5-megapixel rear camera, and a good old fashioned 0.3 VGA around the front. It will apparently launch on Sprint in the US and will run Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC's own Sense 6 interface.

source: Engadget

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