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Samsung revealed that it is working on smartphones with 64-bit architecture, like Apple’s new iPhone 5s.

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In a move that probably surprises no one, Samsung’s mobile business chief Shin Jong-kyun revealed that the company is working on a 64-bit smartphone. “Our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality,” Shin said, in an interview with the Korea Times.

This, of course, is likely in response to Apple’s recently announced iPhone 5s, which is the world’s first smartphone to be built upon 64-bit architecture. Though the benefits of a 64-bit smartphone chip are dubious right now, Samsung is clearly not willing to let the public think that Apple is using a superior technology.

Samsung recently announced the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3, which is 32-bit, like nearly all other smartphones on the market. Shin did not comment on which devices will use a 64-bit processor or an exact timeline, but that these devices will arrive “Not in the shortest time.”

I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see a 64-bit Galaxy S 5 released next year. And it wouldn’t surprise me if other smartphone manufacturers make the move to 64-bit, either, assuming Google adds 64-bit support in Android 4.4 or a future update.

  1. Melvin Wijenayaka Thursday, September 12, 2013

    I think it safe to assume that Apple’s move to 64bit is part of a wider roadmap of software and hardware development. This announcement sounds like a “me too” response with no idea as to the purpose of moving to 64 bit.

  2. Feel free to tell me otherwise, but, wasn’t the ‘Huawei Ascend D’ the first 64 bit smartphone? And aren’t ‘Huawei’ A Korean company? So ‘Samsung’ isn’t even acknowledging that it has been done before. Last year in fact!!? This is all very ‘odd’.

    1. aren’t ‘Huawei’ A Korean company

      Huawei is a mainland China company.

      1. Oops! My mistake. Really should learn to Google before i post! :-) Still, doesnt anybody find it strange that they (Samsung) did not take the opportunity for a shot at Apple over the whole “Worlds first ever 64bit smartphone” statement though?
        Don’t misunderstand my comment as Apple bashing. I’m typing this on my first gen iPad whilst tethered to my iPhone 4…3 years and both still working beautifully, (probably upgrade both devices this year…has to be done sometime).
        But if the Ascend D was truly the first 64bit smartphone, then Apples statement would be a big fat lie wouldn’t it?
        Just sayin’ is all.

  3. It’s not 64 bit unless the OD can even address this. Apple once again has caught the hardware vendors and google with their pants down. … Pretty comical really, as Apple has a deliberate long range strategy for its hardware, software, ecosystem platform that no one in the world can match

    1. Did Apple address it? They didn’t state the benefits of 64 bit in a smartphone. The only one I have come up with is eventually phones will move beyond 3GB of ram, and maybe some benefit for games. But what other data is there handled by a smartphone where 64 bit helps?

    2. Arm hasn’t produced the finalized designs on the AArch64 architecture, so Apple chip is unlikely to compatible with it. Apple will have to redesign their A8 chip around the standard that will be released next year or risk having compilers not working in 64-bit mode with their chip. Is iOS7 even fully 64-bit?

    3. are you kidding? or are you stupid? do you think that any company can develop 64bit processing and coding in 6 months? everyone was working on it you twat. just because apple releases 2 shity “high end” devices per year that doesn’t mean that it’s more advanced.
      learn to think before shitting from your mouth

  4. Nicholas Paredes Thursday, September 12, 2013

    Where are all of the comments about Samsung devices being faster than iPhones?!!

    It will take well over a year for Android to support 64bit processors if they have not begun already. The need for this technology in gaming is only going to increase. It was probably necessary for the iOS 7 roadmap in providing solid transition effects.

    Seriously, competition is fantastic. Keep your devices in your pants! The 5C and Moto X are probably the most interesting devices out there and are both far from state of the art.

  5. 4 and 8GB of ram incoming :)

  6. Nikhil @ MobileJury.com Friday, September 13, 2013

    64-bit. Thats awesome. Now there will be no need of computers. :-)

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