Samsung will have 64-bit chips once Android is ready

Samsung plans to join the 64-bit processor party later this year with plans afoot to bring the mobile chips to its devices when Android supports the technology.

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CNET spoke to Samsung at MWC 2014 earlier this week and found out that the company isn’t quite ready to add it to its devices and is actively working towards being able to offer it later on in 2014.

"64-bit is very important ... in the sense that there's a real demand, whether you need it or not," stated Kyushik Hong, vice president of marketing for Samsung's system LSI business. "We are very actively working on it. Our chip will be ready whenever the operating systems and ecosystem go 64-bit. We're pretty sure we're not going to be the bottleneck for that."

Apple became the first company to put an ARM-based smartphone chip using 64-bit architecture in one of its devices when it released the iPhone 5S back in September 2013 and in the process set the trend for the hoards of Android and Windows Phone manufacturers to follow.

The difference with Apple is that the iOS supported 64-bit as soon as the device was released and the control over both things enabled it to do this, with Android having to turn on support for it before any of its manufacturers can include the architecture.

Qualcomm has already unveiled three Snapdragon chips in the shape of the 410, 610 and 615 that can support a 64-bit architecture, Intel following suit with two 64-bit chips and Nvidia also detailing its new K1 chip that can handle 64-bit.

Related: MWC 2014: Intel shows off 64-bit Phone Processor, boasts its 2015 roadmap

The news comes too late for the Galaxy S5 and it’s highly likely that Samsung will try to include it in the next incarnation of its top of the range smartphone that won’t be out until this time next year.