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Samsung’s 64-bit chips are nearly ready, Android not so much, says Korean media

Samsung has entered the final stage of development of 64-bit processors, according to Korea media, but Android may not support 64-bit processors until next year.
September 23, 2013
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Following Apple’s announcement of the 64-bit A7 chip in the new iPhone 5s, Samsung scrambled to reassure spec hungry customers that it’s not too far behind the curve.

The company’s CEO stated that Samsung is definitely bringing 64-bit processors to market next year, although that won’t happen “in the shortest of time”. That cautious warning led us to believe that the Galaxy S5 probably won’t be the first Samsung phone with a 64-bit processor, with the honor more likely to belong to the Note 4.

A new report from the Korean press seems to back our educated guess. According to an unnamed Samsung executive cited by the Daum news portal, Samsung has entered the final stage of development of 64-bit processors, with the tech ready to be adopted in the “next smartphone-tablet”. We’re not sure from the machine translation whether that simply refers “upcoming smartphones and tablets” or to a smartphone-tablet hybrid, also known as a phablet.

The same report claims that Android will only go 64-bit next year. A presentation from Intel’s Developer Forum event last week suggested that the new architecture might come to Android in 4.4. KitKat.

If Android 4.4 is not 64-bit, Samsung has no reason besides some dubious marketing claims to push for a 64-bit processor in the Galaxy S5, which leaves the Note 4 as the best bet. We’ll find out soon enough, as Google gears up for its customary late year Android release.