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HTC's Desire family is the brand that just won't stop, having survived not one but two company-wide product refreshes. And strangely, it looks like it will also host the first HTC device to come with a 64-bit processor. The Desire 510 is a low-end phone aimed at bargain hunters and pay-as-you-go wireless users, but its inclusion of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 410 system on a chip makes its otherwise lackluster specifications notable.  


The 1.2Ghz quad-core 410 isn't exactly a powerhouse, but its ability to support both 32-bit and 64-bit processing should make it a popular choice for mid-range and low-end phones as Android begins to support the latter with the upcoming L release. Other SoC features include built-in support for LTE, camera modules up to 13.5 megapixels (though the HTC Desire 510 has only a 5MP rear shooter), external display, and Qualcomm's Quick Charge technology. The company's higher-end 64-bit chips, The Snapdragon 610, 615, and 810, should begin appearing in devices in late 2014 or early 2015.

OK, back to the Desire 510. The phone's capability marks it as a low-end model, including the 4.7-inch 854x480 screen, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage plus a MicroSD card slot, and a VGA front-facing cam. On the upside it does include LTE (not a given for this market segment), a removable 2100mAh battery, and a fetching if simple design that foregoes premiums like metal or stereo speakers. Since the Desire 510 runs Android 4.4 with HTC's software additions on top, it won't be capable of 64-bit operation out of the box, and it will have to wait for an update to Android L. The phone will be available in Europe and Asia soon, and it's coming to "select carriers" in the United States.

Source: HTC

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • TylerChappell

    I mean, dats a cute phone doe.

  • Joshua Cluelow

    And they still cheap out on the screen.

    • Nicholas Polydor

      This is between a Moto E and Moto G 4G in specs, though with a lower-res screen than even the former. However, if this featured NFC and Qi then that would in those respects put it ahead of the latter.

      • Joshua Cluelow

        Not really. NFC is a niche feature, as is Qi, and it actually makes sense to save them for more luxury devices. However, screen shouldn't really be compromised. Especially at 4.7"! The Moto G as it is is just at the point where I can't see the pixels...

        • dude

          Can't agree with NFC being a niche feature. I use it for sending photo/contacts to another phone, for PayPass and unlocking. I will not buy a phone that lack it.

          • crackinthewall

            With the markets this will probably go to, only the UK would have a problem with it lacking NFC and even then, can you name a brand new phone that's available for the same price as the Moto G LTE with NFC?

          • Mantas

            Sooo if you use it it automatically becomes not a niche feature?

        • AshtonTS

          Moto G is 4.5 inches.

    • Stoffers

      In all fairness my OG DROID had the same resolution and that thing was a BEAST.

  • dude

    Is it me are all HTC recently look the same, but I see the trend of design streamlining by all other manufacturers as well.

    • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

      Yeah Usually all OEM's choose one design language for One to Two years, and stick with it across their entire product line. I remember a long time ago, when that wasn't the case and a single OEM's line looked entirely different.

    • Cael

      Its going to take the M9 failing for them to change it.

  • Stoffers

    There we go, now it's better.

    • Stoffers

      I mean that one.

  • http://playdreamcreate.com/ Miguel Angel

    Why such a huge speaker grill ..

  • Tomfoolery

    vga camera on the front? I just vomited in my mouth a little bit...

  • Amit_N

    And the device will get Android L just when Google announces Android M

    • crackinthewall

      Will it even get Android L knowing HTC's history with their low-end phones?

      • Đức Thành

        That's actually a brilliant marketing strategy: imagine this phone is equipped with a 64-bit processor just to make consumers anticipate that it WILL get an android L update and increase the sales of the phone. And when the phone doesn't get updated, HTC can just say "hey this is indeed a 64-bit capable phone but we never said anything about updating it to L, it was only you guys' speculations" and BAM.

      • tay

        history of low-end phones? How many manufacturers update their low end phones constantly?

        Atleast HTC is doing a good job with their high end phones..

        Look at the m7 getting Sense 6 within 3 months of the m8 release..

        Now look at the LG G2 and Galaxy s4? Are they running the new Software UI that was introduced in the g3 and s5? no.

        • crackinthewall

          Samsung? Sony? Samsung updated the Ace line whereas HTC let the Desire and Wildfire line rot on older Android versions. Sony also updated the Xperia M and Xperia L.

          HTC being fast with updates is nothing new. They have been faster than Samsung even before but they drop support just as quickly. Just look at their history from 2010.

          Galaxy S = No fuss update to GB
          Desire = HTC announced that it cannot be updated to GB. Did a 180 after public outrage.

          S II = Received ICS a couple of days later than the Sensation, ended support at 4.1. Some software features from the S III ported by Samsung.
          Sensation = Fast update to ICS. STUCK WITH IT.

          S III = Updated to 4.1 when the One X was updated to 4.2. Update to 4.2 pulled to work on a 4.3 update. NA variants got Kitkat. That's even better support than the GNex (ICS to Kitkat?)
          One X = Quicker update to 4.1 and 4.2, stuck at 4.2.

          • Tay

            I was talking about low end devices. The gs3 mini is still on 4.1 jelly bean for instance.

            I don't know the history of every device in the world. But low end devices don't get support for long at all. No matter if it's htc or Samsung

            Gs3 got android updates to 4.3 but the UI was never updated to what could be found on the gs4.

            And furthermore HTC has come out and promised support for at least 2 years on all their flagship devices.. The m7 is getting android L so clearly they're stepping up their game.

          • Mark Washington

            Flagship for HTC devices = (One) series ... Of Course all the readers here knew that but had to mention it anyways.

          • crackinthewall

            Promises are usually broken. Remember how that promised 18 months of support panned out? Not really well for most manufacturers involved. They might not get the latest manufacturer UI but the underlying Android version is at least updated.

            About low-end devices, I'm pretty sure the Ace is lower than any S Mini series out there. Yep, those got updated despite being entry level. If SOC support is an excuse for HTC, I'm pretty sure it should apply to Samsung as well especially when Samsung went with NovaThor. AFAIK, even the Xperia P is still on JB 4.1. Even Sony doesn't leave a lot of regular phones on the Android version it was released in. Just check Sammobile and you'll see that Samsung does support some of its low end and midrange models.

          • Tay

            The 18 month promise was not made from the manufacturers. It was a guideline by Google. Obviously that was never anything that should be taken for granted.

            Htc on the other hand have now themselves came out and said that they'll give support for 2years.

          • Mike Reid

            Flexible guidelines, LOL.

            18 months on the time axis is unclear about relationship to Android version on another.

            OEM drags their feet, Woops: 18 months since 1st device release in some corner of the world has passed now...

      • Andrew Beard

        Even if it does get Android L it doesn't mean they'll move it to a 64-bit build. I'm thinking that going from a 32-bit arch to a 64-bit one could make an OTA impossible.

  • Adek Zakk

    it's low end but its beautiful.

  • Jasper Linford

    I really hope that the Moto G2 comes with the Snapdragon 410! 😐

  • Gary Demirdjian

    Htc=bezel galore, they cheat customers with all that thick black framing.

    • tay

      cheat? how are they cheating?

      • Gary Demirdjian

        By reducing the screen size with thick black bezels that don't even include the phones nav buttons.

        When you're standing there looking at a bunch of new phones to buy the M8 stands out as "WTF were they thinking with that skinny over-bezelled screen?'

    • Mark Washington

      Well I would say it isn't purportioned right. Because if you noticed the top has way less bezel than other phones .

      • Gary Demirdjian

        I agree it isn't proportioned right, it's entirely wrong. Look I wasn't anti M8 until I saw the thing in a store next to an S5 and G3. The G3 is cheap crap and the M8 is bezel city.

  • Andrej

    I can bet that they won't even update it to L so it won't ever actually use that 64 bit SoC...

  • Mark Washington

    Snapdragon 410 is powerful. And is going to shine even more with those specs ! Don't be surprised if this phone get 3 days battery

  • Rafael Luik

    In PCs, Windows and Linux, you can only change from a 32-bit version to a 64-bit one by formatting. Do you really think that's going to happen through a update from 32-bit KK to 64-bit L?

    I can foresee no OTA, and for a non-flagship it's unlikely they're going to develop an update that will require people to connect to a computer to upgrade (a niche) also requiring a full backup of user's data. But let's wait and see I guess...

    • mgamerz

      In PCs you have drivers for 32 and 64 bit you have to install. In Android they're bundled because it's part of the ROM. The applications are going to run in a 32-bit VM so there likely won't be many issues.

  • Serotheo

    With the low specs this should at least be a great performer with the SD 410 and battery life, though I'm still not sure if 1GB RAM really is enough for low-end devices, especially ones with skins.

    Funny enough these are 2011 flagship specs with a better processor.

  • http://www.teknofilo.com/ Luis

    First HTC Desire 510 benchmark results:

    Quadrant: 11902
    AnTuTu: 18694
    Geekbench: 356/1307
    Browsermark: 811
    Sunspider: 892
    3DMark (Ice Storm/Extreme/Unlimited): 5355/2615/4468

    Source: Llegan los primeros benchmarks del Snapdragon 410 de 64 bits de la mano del HTC Desire 510 (Teknofilo Spanish blog)