HTC launches the first 64-bit Android phone, the affordable 4G Desire 510

The 'race to the bottom' is a phrase that many will be familiar with, as manufacturers bring smartphones to ever more affordable price points. But more significantly, we're seeing increasingly capable devices being offered at low prices too, proving that decent specs and impressive user experiences do not have to remain exclusive to those with the deepest pockets. 

Look no further than the latest addition to HTC's range for proof of this. The company today announced the Desire 510, its most affordable handset to offer 4G LTE connectivity, and the very first 64-bit Android phone in the world. 

The Desire 510 is also the first device to launch with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 410 chipset, featuring a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU and Adreno 306 GPU. Let's take a look at some of the handset's other key specs: 

  • 4.7-inch FWVGA (854x480px) display
  • 1GB RAM 
  • 8GB onboard storage (with a microSD slot)
  • 5MP rear camera (no flash)
  • 3MP front-facing camera with VGA video 
  • 2100mAh battery
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi 
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6 and BlinkFeed 
  • 139.9 x 69.9 x 9.99mm; 158g
  • 'Terra White' and 'Meridian Grey' colour options 
  • HTC Dot View case support

HTC UK revealed that the Desire 510 will go on sale next month priced at £149 GBP (direct currency conversions: $247 USD / €188 EUR) SIM-free, but exact local pricing is likely to vary by market. 

That makes the Desire 510 a bit pricier than Motorola's Moto G LTE, which went on sale in June for $220. However, it is rather more costly than Microsoft's Lumia 635 - the 4G version of its Lumia 630 - which costs $189 SIM-free, but which can be purchased for as little as $99 off-contract through carriers. 

Source: HTC via Coolsmartphone | images via HTC

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Interesting, so are we eventually going to see a HTC One M9 with a Snapdragon 810, couple it with Android L and HTC could have a winner on their hands - just keep focused, provide great updates and support then you'll see the customers, after being burnt by Samsung, willing to give HTC a go.

So wait, did they actually develop a 64 bit version of Android 4.4 or are they running a 32bit OS on 64bit hardware? I'm certainly not aware of Google releasing a 64bit version of Android 4.4 on ARM (I think Intel may have a 64bit version for their CPUs), that's one of the big things coming in "L" I thought.

Asmodai said,
So wait, did they actually develop a 64 bit version of Android 4.4 or are they running a 32bit OS on 64bit hardware.
Android L's ART will support 32/64-bit ARM, MIPS and x86 architectures.

tiagosilva29 said,
Android L's ART will support 32/64-bit ARM, MIPS and x86 architectures.

I'm aware of that but the phone in this post is running 4.4 Kit Kat on 64bit hardware so I'm curious if HTC actually made a 64bit Kit Kat build for it or if they're just running a 32bit OS on 64bit hardware (which kind of defeats the purpose of having 64bit hardware in the first place.)

Asmodai said,
I'm aware of that but the phone in this post is running 4.4 Kit Kat on 64bit hardware so I'm curious if HTC actually made a 64bit Kit Kat build for it or if they're just running a 32bit OS on 64bit hardware (which kind of defeats the purpose of having 64bit hardware in the first place.)
That's a good question. I don't know, but Linaro made available 64-bit kernel images, so I guess it wouldn't be that hard for them to use this in their favor.

I don't know ...the last I heard that the top 50 apps are now in Windows Phone, plus Ars Technica did validate the battery comparison between the two variants of HTC One. :p

Good joke though! :)

Not much when you aren't building a phone meant for multi-threaded processes. On top of that your apps have to be designed to take advantage of 64-bit processing just like Windows did back when XP ran a 64 bit edition. Have all the hardware you want - if your software isn't built for 64-bit then you're really getting 32-bit performance output. Woohoo!

what's even the point of this crap HTC keeps bringing to the market. I mean who sits in their marketing and finance department and thinks this is going to sell well...? Its overpriced, poor taste in specs and the 64bit claims are all but distractions to the actual product you are buying. A solid miss for anyone who is a rationale consumer looking ahead pragmatically.

can't help but feel that's too steep a price looking at those specs

whatever happened to using last years specs at a lower price point? do they still do that these days

tiagosilva29 said,
> affordable
> €188 EUR

Am I the only poor in Europe? ###### me.

No mate, those specs at that price make the phone look interesting. Besides, you'll have the only x64 bit Android on your group of friends, how cool is that! lol
Either way, I believe it's a pretty good performance kick for the price. It was mentioned "mid range". Of course I would think that x64 in the Android world would make an entrance with a flagship device... not quite a device with a FWVGA (854x480px) display... lol