Next Samsung Galaxy smartphones to have 64-bit processor in response to iPhone 5S

Samsung's co-CEO Shin Jong-kyun has said that the next release of Galaxy smartphones will have a 64-bit processor, following the release of Apple's iPhone 5S.

The iPhone 5S became the first smartphone to include a computer standard 64-bit processor when it was launched earlier this week.

Keen to make sure that Galaxy smartphones don't get left behind by Apple, Shin, who is also the firm's mobile chief, quickly told the Korea Times that Samsung would soon be following suit.

"Not in the shortest time. But yes, our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality," he said.

Shin added that the company is very aware of Apple's ambitions to expand in China, so will be pushing further in the region to defend its position as the market leader.

"Samsung understands that Apple intends to boost its mobile business in China, as well as in Japan, meaning that we should try harder in these countries," Shin said.

In Q2 2013 Samsung took a 17.6 per cent share of smartphone sales in the country shipping 15.5 million devices, whilst Apple was relegated into seventh place with a 4.8 per cent market share and selling just 4.3 million smartphones.

Apple held a launch event for the iPhone 5S and 5C in Beijing, but Chinese consumers have shown disappointment that the 5C - expected to be a budget model aimed at the country's market - is still very pricey.

One of the main reasons Samsung has been so successful in the country is due to it offering cheaper smartphones. Xiamo, which overtook iPhone sales in the last quarter, makes smartphones that have similar specs to the iPhone and high end Galaxy phones, but cost half the price.