Huawei appears to be testing a smartphone that could be one of the first Android devices to ship with a 64-bit ARM processor. The Huawei G621 showed up recently in the AnTuTu benchmark logs, and it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 processor.

Note that this is hardly the first 64-bit phone. Apple’s iPhone 5S uses a 64-bit processor, and phones and tablets with Intel’s new Merrifield and Moorefield chips also have 64-bit processors.

But the Snapdragon 410 is one of the first non-Apple chips based on ARM technology to feature a 64-bit design… which you probably won’t really notice much until more Android apps are optimized for the new architecture.

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 chip is a quad-core processor based on ARM’s Cortex-A53 design and featuring Adreno 306 graphics. First announced in late 2013, it’ll be one of the first 64-bit chips from Qualcomm… although it’s interesting to note that this processor is aimed at mid-range smartphones, not high-end devices.

So it’s probably not that surprising that the Huawei G621 seems to have mid-range specs. The Android 4.4 phone reportedly has a 5 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a 5MP rear camera, and 2MP front-facing camera.

The company’s Snapdragon 610 and 615 chips for mid-range devices are also due out later this year, and should offer a bit more power than the Snapdragon 410 chip.

If you want a higher-performance Qualcomm chip, you may have to wait until next year when the Snapdragon 808 and Snapdragon 810 processors are expected to launch.


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