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We’ve already heard that Samsung is close to completing the development of a 64-bit Exynos chip, but now we have official confirmation. A director with Samsung’s System LSI division confirmed during a conference call that the chipmaker is ready to manufacture its first 64-bit SoC, reports Korean website IT Today. The executive also said 64-bit chip will allow the use of large amounts of RAM (more than 4GB) in the second half of 2014.

Shortly after the iPhone launch, Samsung’s CEO JK Shin confirmed that the Korean company is going to ship 64-bit SoCs next year, though that shouldn’t have been a surprise for anyone familiar with ARM’s roadmap for 2014. Shin offered a warning back then, saying we shouldn’t expect the new architecture “in the shortest of time”, prompting us to speculate that the Note 3, not the Galaxy S5, would be the first phone to feature a 64-bit processor.

According to IT Today, the sentiment in the industry is that Samsung will use a 64-bit for the first time on the Galaxy S5, but we still have our doubts. If Android 4.4 doesn’t bring 64-bit support, there will be little benefit for Samsung to rush to deliver a 64-bit processor in time for the S5. We’ll find out soon enough.