It’s been months since the Apple iPhone 5S became the first mobile device with a 64-bit processor and yet a similar revolution has still yet to happen in the Android world, though we are marching closer. Of course there really aren’t that many immediate benefits to going 64-bit at this point, but as always, we tend to want what we can’t have. If you’re waiting to see which Android OEM breaks into the 64-bit market first, it looks like the answer might be Samsung.
As it turns out, a new GFXBench listing for a Samsung model SM-G510F has surfaced, which references a device packing a Snapdragon CPU with an Adreno 306 GPU. Considering the upcoming mid-range 64-bit Snapdragon 410 is the only processor to sport this GPU, it’s easy enough to connect the dots. While other manufacturers could still end up beating Samsung to the market, the existence of the SM-G510F means that Samsung will at least be one of the first to bring out a 64-bit device.
Unfortunately, just because it’s 64-bit doesn’t mean it’s impressive
Unfortunately, just because it’s 64-bit doesn’t mean it’s impressive. On the contrary, the G510F has extremely modest specs including a 4.8-inch 960×540 display, an 8MP camera, 8GB storage and just 1GB of RAM. Under the hood you’ll also find Android 4.4.2 KitKat, likely with all the typical TouchWiz trimmings.
The fact that this phone will run KitKat and has only 1GB of RAM seems ironic, as Samsung’s reason for canning a KitKat update for the non-LTE Galaxy S3 (and S3 Mini) had to do with the phone only packing 1GB of RAM, making it not able to handle the Touchwiz-laden upgrade effectively. Of course a new phone will likely have a few other tricks up its sleeves to make up for the lack of RAM, but it still seems like a bit of a double-standard.
So when will we see the G510F? That’s a good question, especially considering that Android doesn’t yet officially support 64-bit processors. That said, the Snapdragon 410 is supposed to hit mass production in the second-half of this year, meaning we could see the phone soon enough. Interestingly enough, import tracking site Zauba also lists the handset with a price of RS 9,067 ($150) — though it’s possible it could end up significantly higher once it actually ships.
What do you think, if Samsung could release the phone with Moto G-like pricing while marketing it as the first 64-bit Android device, could the G510F end up becoming a commercial hit? Do you think 64-bit CPUs are necessary, or (at least until RAM demands increase) are they mostly a gimmick at this point in time?