HTC is introducing its first 64-bit smartphone, the Desire 510.
The HTC Desire 510 may look like any other budget smartphone, but it has one defining feature: it features a Snapdragon 410 processor which uses a 64-but architecture. The problem is that it runs on Android 4.4 KitKat – a 32-bit operating system.
Which kind of defeats the purpose of marketing this smartphone since it is still running on Android 4.4 KitKat, which is a 32-bit operating system. The next Android version, Android L, is due to be released this fall will be the first Android operating system to support a 64-bit architecture. Assuming that HTC will be updating the Desire 510 to Android L, that’s the only time you will be able to enjoy the benefits of a 64-bit environment.
But what exactly is the advantage of 64-bit processor over 32-bit one? In a more technical sense, it means that a 64-bit processor is able to handle more instruction sets and an extended address space without having to use more recourses on the processor – meaning it can do a whole lot more without putting too much load on the CPU.
Translate that into real world experience and that means you have apps that would run faster and even using simple programs like video editors would mean a faster rendering time. It may seem like a minor upgrade, but it is something that will be beneficial to both the developers and users.
Rounding off the specifications of the Desire 510 will be a 4.7-inch screen with an 854 x 480 pixels resolution along with 8 GB of storage (expandable with a microSD card) and will be prices at around $245.