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HTC announces the Desire 820, the first mainstream Android phone with a 64 bit processor


If you tend to like more colorful phones, and HTC’s current choices in the HTC One lineup aren’t quite doing it for you, then HTC’s latest device might just be the one for you. The Taiwanese manufacturer just announced the all new HTC Desire 820 this week at IFA, the first mainstream Android device to use a 64 bit processor, although we don’t yet have a release date or price.

It should still be considered a mid-range device, though: the Desire 820’s processor is the Snapdragon 615, Qualcomm’s decidedly middle-of-the-road processor. We don’t know the clock speed yet, but the standard for this processor is an octa-core 1.8GHz chip and an Adreno 405 GPU. It also features a 5.5-inch 720p screen, a 13MP rear camera, an 8MP front-facing camera, and Category 4 LTE. Some international markets will also see a dual-SIM variant.

Interestingly, since Android won’t actually support 64-bit processors until version L is released, the Desire 820 will run in 32-bit mode until it can be upgraded.

We are also hearing that the Desire 820 will have 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, and a 2600mAh battery, and that HTC will release a new Dot View case for the device; however, this doesn’t appear in HTC’s official press release.

[HTC | Engadget]
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John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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