Ever since the iPhone 5s and iOS 7 made the unexpected switch to being a 64-bit OS and hardware combination, the race has been on for both Android (and its harem of manufacturers) to make the switch as well to eliminate the perceived gap in power that Android will have in marketing its operating system. It looks like HTC will be one of the first major manufacturers to do so.

According to leaked images and specs from the @upleaks Twitter account, the HTC A11 will use Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor to power a relatively modest set of hardware including a 4.7 inch display running at a meagre 480×854 resolution. The Snapdragon 410 is a quad core processor with each core running at a maximum of 1.4GHz based on the ARM Cortex A53 design.

The rest of the hardware continues on the same modest heading as the display, with a 5 megapixel rear and just a VGA front-facing camera neither of which have a flash. In terms of the operating system, the new HTC A11 will run on Android 4.4 until the Android L release later this year makes the necessary changes to the operating system for it to be upgraded to a full 64-bit operating system.

While the leaks have said that the HTC A11 will head to the Sprint network in the US, the fact that it uses on of Qualcomm’s chip will mean that it can easily be brought to every other market in the world by virtue of the company’s RF-360 antennae which have the ability to connect to almost every single frequency used by the major networks around the world.

Samsung, Lenovo and Huawei are all reportedly working on phones using the Snapdragon 410 processor for later this year ensuring that HTC will not be alone in the fight to be the first Android manufacturer to make the switch to 64-bit but it is good to see the company working on a more diverse portfolio of smartphones than before.

[Source – GSMArena, Via – Engadget, Images – @upleaks]