The first 64-bit Android phone could be a mid-range handset from HTC

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Since Android L was announced with 64-bit support back in June, the big question was what new device was going to be the first handset with a compatible chipset? According to a new leak from @upleaks, the first Android phone with a 64-bit chipset looks like it’ll be an HTC Desire-like handset running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410.

The device — codenamed the HTC A11 — isn’t expected to be a barn-burner due to choice of chip, and despite the 64-bit support, will fit comfortably into HTC’s mid-end. That shouldn’t be a surprise as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 is intended to target lower-end smartphones. According to one of the @upleaks tweets, the phone’s going to come with Android 4.4 out of the box, which means the OS will need an update before it can take advantage of that 64-bit SoC.

The phone will likely have Desire branding, as well as a Adreno 306 GPU, 4.7-inch 854 x 480 screen and a 5-megapixel rear camera. It’s not expected to have features like HTC’s front-facing BoomSound speakers nor the DuoLens camera found on the HTC One M8.

All in all, this HTC phone sounds like a pretty middling device, and if the leaked information is accurate, it’s certainly not going to keep up with tablets using the Nvidia Tegra K1, a 64-bit SoC expected to make its way onto Android tablets later this year. According to the leaker, it’ll be available on Sprint, although there aren’t any details currently available about release date or price.

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