With Android L able to support 64-bit architecture, we shouldn’t be surprised that OEMs are starting to crank out their first 64-bit Android phones. @upleaks over the weekend posted some new photos of HTC’s first 64-bit smartphone, although anyone hoping the device will be a flagship powerhouse along the lines of the HTC One (M8) is going to be very disappointed.

Per GSMArena, the device will apparently feature a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and Android 4.4.2 KitKat, although in all likelihood it will be upgradeable to Android L to fully take advantage of its shiny nhew 64-bit chip. And as you can see in the pictures below, the device will feature a Samsung-esque plastic rear shell and not an aluminum shell like the ones we see in HTC’s flagship phones.

 

Oh, and @upleaks informs us that this will be a Sprint exclusive, which means that you really don’t have a reason to buy it even if you’re in the market for a mid-range handset.

Nonetheless, HTC releasing its first-ever Android phone with a 64-bit chip is a significant milestone because it promises better things in the future and all but guarantees that the HTC One (M9) will feature both a 64-bit processor and the high-quality aluminum build we’ve come to know and love whenever it releases next year.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.