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Rumor: The First Smartphone To House A Snapdragon 64-Bit Chip Might Be The ZTE Apollo

April 8, 2014 - Written By Justin Diaz

We’ve known that the iPhone 5s has been the only smartphone with a 64-bit processor inside for quite some time now, and we have danced around the question of what the first Android device would be to house a chipset of the same makeup. Not too long ago we reported that it was looking like Pantech’s Vega Iron 2 would be the first smartphone to potentially hold a 64-bit processor on the Android side of the spectrum, but today we’re learning that the ZTE Apollo could be the first smartphone to house a 64-bit processor made by Qualcomm. If this is true it’ll be big for ZTE as the first smartphone OEM to grab up Qualcomms 64 bit chips since they’re the biggest chipmaker currently. Other OEM’s are reportedly working on their own 64-bit processors as well, like Nvidia with the dual-core denver Tegra K1 processor, and Samsung with their own 64-bit Exynos SoC.

The ZTE Apollo, is apparently going to be the first device sporting a 64-bit snapdragon processor from Qualcomm according to cnmo.com, a Chinese news site. The phone isn’t expected to be out until sometime around the fall, so even if it is the first smartphone to house a 64-bit snapdragon chip, there is a good chance that at least one other device will be on the way around the same time frame with a 64-bit processor from another OEM.

There are potentially two different 64-bit processors that Qualcomm is working on that could make into the ZTE Apollo-the Snapdragon 808, or the Snapdragon 810- but there hasn’t been any mention from the source as to which processor it might be. Both processors have their strengths and pose to provide some serious computing power to the devices that they run inside of. The Snapdragon 810 will end up providing a bit more power because of its 8-core makeup, but even the Snapdragon 808 should be able to provide substantial computing power and performance to the Apollo. More information is likely to come out about which processor ZTE decides to use inside the upcoming device, but we might not find out which processor they use until we near the supposed release date around September.