Brace yourselves: 64-bit 8-core Snapdragon chipset in the new HTC Desire 820

Although 64-bit iPhones already exist, the feat hasn't taken place on Android yet. More importantly, however, is that no device is packing an octa-core (yes-- that's eight independent cores) 64-bit chipset. After subtle confirmations from both HTC and Qualcomm, it seems that HTC will be the first device to be packing such a chipset.

The details are very limited, but based on images posted to HTC's Weibo account it appears that a more formal announcement will be taking place on September 4th, or just a little above a week from now. This date means it will be happening at HTC's IFA event. The chipset that is expected to be included in the HTC Desire 820 is the Snapdragon 615, which Qualcomm quietly announced today.

Translation: World's first 8-core 64-bit phone, September 4th

This isn't the first time HTC will be earning a "world's first" title-- HTC has historically been the first retail device to carry the Android OS, and was even the first smartphone with a 1080p display. Although HTC's sales have slumped in recent times, the company still holds its rightful place in smartphone history, and it appears that it will be adding another stripe to its collection on September 4th.

Source: G for Games | Images via Weibo, Android Meter

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They may produce some nice phones but in the end they will dump you like they have dumped 8X and 8s (not 8.1 update)

This won't be the first 64-bit Android smartphone on the market, Samsung will unveil the Exynos 5433 along with Note 4 on September 3rd.

wao they going to bump the specs beyond of what its releasing the others OEM, hopefully it wont become like a butterfly J which the battery couldn't handle all the new specs when they introduced 1080p screens.

sometimes be the first one mean nothing if they cant do it right.

The more core the better for Android, it's hard to have a smooth experience with this OS. It's even worst when you add junk over it (HTC Sence, Samsung TouchWiz, ...).

Another person who has never heard of the Moto E, X, and G which all got great reviews and are smooth running phones.

This is 2014...not 2010. Things are different now and Android has come a long way. Of course, WP runs better on lower hardware but different platforms so that is always to be expected that things run differently. And when ART comes out, supposed to be even smoother and have better battery life.

With that said, yes...companies toss more hardware towards a phone because an normal person doesnt know they dont need all that hardware but it looks great on paper. Its just a gimmick/selling point to stand out from the others. That is all. I doubt even HTC thinks they need as many cores.

TruckWEB said,
The more core the better for Android, it's hard to have a smooth experience with this OS. It's even worst when you add junk over it (HTC Sence, Samsung TouchWiz, ...).

Correction, it is worse when you ad junk over it and it's just fine when you don't.

techbeck said,

This is 2014...not 2010. Things are different now and Android has come a long way. Of course, WP runs better on lower hardware but different platforms so that is always to be expected that things run differently. And when ART comes out, supposed to be even smoother and have better battery life.

Some people still say Vista sucks even with SP2, in which similar to Android lagged.

Xbox 360 RROD although MS fix it with their 1 million console.

You never win argument when any company have history like this. People always bring out the worse in others.

minster11 said,
Xbox 360 RROD although MS fix it with their 1 million console.

They didn't so much as fix it as they removed the Red colored LEDs.

glen8 said,
mmmmm, if this is a 5.5", quad hd, 13mp+ camera, android l device I'll be all over it

I agree with you minus the qHD screen. I would be fine with 1080p but would like to see wireless charging and usb type C.

haha I had a Hero too, great phone back in the day, I miss the "chins" the old HTC's had, they looked cool. I will always respect HTC, they're one of the only companies that take risks.

My first 4 Android phones in a row were HTC

Nope, the Snapdragon 615. Here is Qualcomm's Weibo post about it which is perfectly timed with HTC's (just use Google Translate): http://www.weibo.com/1738056157/BjVW41tAX?mod=weibotime

Imagine a Windows Phone version that ran on the newly announced Intel Braswell CPUs. As Microsoft merges its operating systems, I could easily see devices like the Asus Pad phone or Motorola Atrix devices where you could have your phone be powerful enough to run most apps when docked to a tablet, laptop dock, or even a desktop dock with multiple monitor outputs. They could even use this kind of power to do foldable clam shell like devices where on the outside you have a screen that shows the mobile interface, but when you open it, its a full windows desktop. Same OS just 2 different interfaces. This would work best in a Windows device over the competition. Below is a sample video of a prototype folding device.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtN_TkZUOt4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OYTyl3ipgk

Businesses could also provide one device that would work in any scenario rather than buying 2 to 3 different devices for employees. That would reduce the operating costs as well as making it easy to administer and manage as it would just integrate as another PC in System Center or Windows Intune making packaging apps for deployment relatively easy.

This is the future of Windows.

Edited by Drewidian, Aug 26 2014, 11:53am :

Arron said,
What do you need an 8 core phone for?...

have you tried editing 1080p video and adding a few light effects before uploading to facebook? Mines running the 801 chip and that's slow for video encoding.

Snapdragon is ARM. So that means it still lacks a lot of instruction sets you find in an x86-based CPU, which is what matters the most in terms of performance.

And I am not sure what a phone is gonna use 8 cores for. Even a regular PC does not make good use of 8 cores unless you transcode video or something like that.

Getting ready for the future? Although, I suppose developers will be behind by the time the phones novelty has worn off.

When you hit MHz limits, the only way to add speed is to break things up and run them in parallel through multiple cores simultaneously. If they could make a 10GHz single core, that would be great, but so far not in the realm of possibility.

Actually, it's no where near as powerful as a current PC... sure it can do a lot, but when you get down into pure numbers and instructions, a desktop chip is way further ahead, and when you add in stuff like CUDA and other math offloading to the GPU, you get very far apart in terms of power and capabilities of the processing...

A first generation Intel i7 chip is aprox 7 times more powerful then a Snapdragon 800 chip

Edited by neufuse, Aug 26 2014, 6:00pm :