As most of you with an interest in the mobile industry know, Samsung made it clear, soon after the iPhone 5S has been announced, that its next smartphone will have “64-bit functionality“. And seeing how iPhone 5S’ 64-bit CPU (which is made by Samsung, by the way) completely blows everything out of the water (well, with the exception of Intel’s Bay Trail), we would say this is a really good thing. And yes, for those of you not up to speed yet, Android had the ability to work with 64-bit CPUs for a long time.
But when we’ll be able to buy such a Samsung smartphone with a 64-bit CPU? Will Samsung confine this tech to smartphones only? Join us after the break for some answers.
Well, according to Korean media, Samsung is into the final stages of development of its 64-bit processor and the company’s next flagship (who else than the Samsung Galaxy S5?) should be powered by such a CPU. Good news huh? Well, it only gets better as Samsung will, in a completely logical move, also put the new tech at work inside some of its tablets.
Most people know that the move to a 64-bit architecture will allow manufacturers to increase the RAM memory of their devices. However, that’s not all. ARMv8 (the 64-bit architecture) has 31 registers, each 64-bits wide, which can be accessed at all times, potentially leading, according to the guys at AnandTech, to a 10% increase in performance. There are also other reasons why we should be really excited about the 64-bit CPUs coming to Android, but since they’re very technical, we recommend you to go and read the aforementioned AnandTech article.
So, are you excited about this? Did the Galaxy S5 suddenly top your list of most anticipated smartphones of 2014? Let us know in the comments section.