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Qualcomm tips 64-bit Snapdragon smartphone for IFA 2014 reveal

Qualcomm's 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 mobile chipset is expected to debut on the HTC Desire 820 at IFA 2014
Qualcomm's 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 mobile chipset is expected to debut on the HTC Desire 820 at IFA 2014
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Qualcomm took to social media Thursday (Aug.28) to announce that another 64-bit equipped smartphone is set to appear at the IFA 2014 trade show next week. The chip maker’s Twitter teaser post arrives just days shy of HTC’s announcement of the first 64-bit Android phone, the HTC Desire 510.

Pushing the computing capabilities of Android devices forward, “We’re thinking about your future: a #Snapdragon powered multi-core 64-bit smartphone is headed to @IFA_Berlin,” Qualcomm tweeted. As PhoneArena reports, the accompanying photo partially reveals a phone that’s been identified as the HTC Desire 820. Qualcomm used the same photo that HTC recently revealed on the Chinese microblog, Weibo.

The HTC Desire 820 is expected to be the world’s first Android smartphone to feature Qualcomm’s 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 mobile processor. The 8 Cortex-A53 cores paired with an Adreno 405 GPU promises outstanding performance and impressive battery life for mid-range smartphones. As detailed in a leak of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Roadmap 2014, we could begin seeing these chips in devices by the end of this year.

While HTC’s entry-level HTC Desire 510 houses a 1.2 GHz quad-core 64-bit Snapdragon 410 CPU, it also promises great mobile performance alongside an Adreno 306 GPU. According to the specs rundown, the HTC Desire 510 will arrive sporting Android 4.4 KitKat. It’s likely that it will receive a software update to Android L at some point, since the upcoming software from Google features 64-bit support. The phone is expected to arrive at several U.S. carriers in September.

Since its debut last year, the Apple iPhone 5S is still the only phone that runs on 64-bit ARMv8 technology. The dynamics of the mobile market will change once 64-bit capable Android powered phones are released this year.

It’s a major turning point for Android smartphones and the full potential of 64-bit architecture will be unlocked with the arrival of Google’s Android “L” version OS this fall. For high end devices, Qualcomm is producing more powerful 64-bit octa-core chips including the Snapdragon 808 and 810.

Let us know in the comments what you think about the arrival of 64-bit capable Android phones into the retail market.

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