Samsung’s future phones to also use 64-bit chips
The BBC has reported that Samsung will also be bringing out phones with 64-bit CPUs in the future. This comes in the wake of Apple’s unveiling on Tuesday of a brand-new 64-bit CPU, called the A7, that will ship inside the company’s latest flagship iPhone, the iPhone 5S.
According to the article, unknown experts have said that current apps, regardless of platform, will see little to no immediate benefit of the more advanced architecture, and that they may even run into compatibility-related complications as a result of the change.
The most significant implication of a 64-bit CPU architecture is that it allows phones to make use of more memory, which in turn allows developers to make more complicated apps. To take full advantage of it, however, apps need to be coded specifically for the new architecture, which at the moment, they aren’t.
Android, Samsung’s operating system of choice, will have to be re-engineered from the ground up to accommodate 64-bit processors, and unless Google has been working on it for the past few years already and just hasn’t said anything to anyone, it will probably be a while before we see 64-bit Samsung phones arriving on store shelves.