Apple last year made a splash when it introduced the iPhone 5S as the first smartphone to rock 64-bit. Up to now people wonder what extra benefit such chips on steroids would benefit them. Also early this month chip maker Tegra announced it’s Tegra K1 chip with 64 bit capabilities. We all know that a 64-bit chip won’t make the phone any faster, but some other changes to the ARM architecture that come along with the 64-bit chips should be of benefit. This week HTC announced the HTC Desire 510 is a first for Android, packing a 64-bit chip. To every nerd’s surprise it comes in a budget-minded package, however, as the rest of the phone’s specs are firmly mid-range with the following specs.
- Quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor
- 4.7-inch, 854×480 screen
- 1GB of RAM
- 8GB of storage with a MicroSD card slot
- VGA front-facing camera with a rather paltry 5MP rear shooter
- support LTE connectivity.
The phone will come to Parts of Europe, Africa and Asia will also see the phone when it goes on sale. The next version of Android (Android L) as announced by Google, will support 64-bit processors. While the Desire 510 is the first, expect more to come, especially once device makers get more experience building for Android L. When Android launched KitKat, one of the stated goals was to ensure it could run well on a diverse range of devices.