Samsung has announced that its next high-end smartphone will feature a 64-bit processor, as it looks at creating its most powerful handset to date.
Shin Jong-Kyun, the Korean manufacturer’s co-chief executive, said in an interview with the Korea Times that it will take some time to come to the fore “but yes, our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality.”
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In order for the processor to work effectively the Android operating system willneed to be updated before Samsung’s Galaxy devices, some of which are available on a range of cheap mobile contracts, could take advantage of the speeds.
Put simply, 64-bit processors make things much quicker because they can hold and access more information faster than the chipsets used in mobiles today, making it possible to complete a number of tasks effectively at one time.
For instance, if you’re trying to run an app or a program that’s been written to take advantage of the speeds, the processor will be able to access the data in its larger memory rather than trying to retrieve it from the hard disk.
A 64-bit architecture means that more memory can be addressed at one time, so while a 32-bit chip can only access up to 4GB of RAM, 64-bits can theoretically support up to 16GB.
However, it’s no surprise to discover that these larger systems don’t come without problems. Not only do they consume a lot of battery power, but the more RAM there is the more expensive a device is to manufacturer.
It is these reasons alone that many phone makers have shied away from taking full advantage of the 32-bits upper RAM limit, but Samsung clearly hasn’t been put off.
Packing a punch
Samsung isn’t short of admiration from mobile users and industry watchers alike. And, while it seems unlikely that the firm’s 64-bit processors will come to fruition before the end of 2013, the company is continuing to push the boundaries.
Prior to this year’s IFA 2013 event, the phone maker took the wraps off the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It currently goes further than any other smartphone housing 3GB of RAM and a super-sized 3200mAh battery.
The firm certainly isn’t scared of testing the water when it comes to processing power, and earlier this year released an eight-core version of its flagship Galaxy S4, in some parts of the world.
Tony Cripps, an analyst at research firm Ovum, said 64-bit processors will be hugely beneficial for the firm: “It should certainly help the company further cement its lead as a mobile gaming platform, and will give the Android fraternity something to think about in a space whose significance is sometimes downplayed beyond the gaming world.”
Need for speed
Many industry commentators claim 64-bit processors are just another marketing ploy from companies like Samsung wanting to win over potential new consumers.
While this may well be the case, as smartphone life cycles continue to get shorter manufacturers need these new innovations to ensure their wares stand out for all the right reasons, and hopefully attract even more potential consumers to its brand.
That said, it’s not going to be easy for Samsung as right now most apps aren’t coded for 64-bit chips. Samsung’s devices run Google’s Android open-source software which means it will be in the hands of Google to push its operating system forward to allow for this technology to really take shape.
There has already been heaps of speculation surrounding Samsung’s new flagship, the rumoured Galaxy S5. Following the revelation that Samsung is hopping on the 64-bit bandwagon many industry watchers predict the Galaxy S5 could be the device to propel this processing technology into the limelight.
The Korean manufacturer recently revealed that China and Japan are at the top of its list of mobile markets where it wants to increase its brand presence over the coming months. There’s no doubt that this latest advancement could be just what the company needs to bolster its dominance in some of the biggest and most profitable smartphone markets across the globe.
This guest post was written by Sarah Hazelwood of Dialaphone, the home of all the latest smartphone deals and reviews.