Not one to take things sitting down, Samsung has just confirmed that their future smartphones will be running on 64-bit processors. This statement, made by Samsung mobile business chief Shin Jong-kyun, comes on the heels of Apple’s unveiling of its iPhone 5S.
Apple‘s latest high-end smartphone was revealed to be running on a new A7 processor, making the iPhone 5S the world’s first smartphone touting a 64-bit processor. As Apple and Samsung have become quite the sensational rivals, it is not surprising to hear of Samsung making claims for similar capabilities in its future devices. Even more interesting is the fact that the statement was made as Samsung attempts to expand into China, a market that Apple is also intent on winning over.
Not that Samsung lacks the muscle to accomplish the feat. The company just recently unveiled its latest accomplishment, bringing in Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP) to its Exynos 5 Octa core ARM chips, beating out its rivals in that industry. Still, the biggest benefit of a 64-bit architecture is the capability to use 4 GB or more of RAM, and currently no ARM-based smartphone comes close to that, aside from Samsung’s own Galaxy Note III, which has 3 GB of RAM. Even Shin Jong-kyun said that it will happen “not in the shortest time”.
64-bit processors may be the next battle cry of future smartphone manufacturers, but without the right amount of RAM to fully utilize it, it might just be another meaningless trend on hardware spec sheets.