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Desire 820 is HTC's 64-bit smartphone

News by Luke Jones on Monday August 25, 2014.

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We brought you news a couple of weeks ago that HTC is readying itself to launch its first 64-bit smartphone, but it would be a budget handset. Not much was revealed about the device known then as the A11, but it now seems that it will be called the Desire 820 and it will launched early in September, possibly even at HTC's IFA event next week.

While the Desire 820 will rock a 64-bit processor, it will not be a high end Qualcomm Snapdragon 815 (that chipset is not ready for launch yet). Instead, the new HTC handset will get the lower end Snapdragon 615, a chip that is likely to be in the middle of the Snapdragon 64-bit range, below the 815 but above the 415.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 sports eight Cortex-A53 cores, four of which are clocked at 1.8GHz to tackle tough graphics, while another four clock at 1GHz to take care of the more simple things, like texting. However, 64-bit processor does not instantly mean blazingly fast device, so still expect the Desire 820 to fall directly in mid-range territory. That is of course often the case with the Desire range, so if you want HTC flagship kicks you would be better off seeking on the HTC One M8.

We do not think HTC will give the Desire 820 a big reveal at IFA, unless the company plans to make a big thing of the processor. Otherwise, expect the smartphone to be rolled out from the floor at the international trade show in Berlin.

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