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Samsung: our next-gen smartphones will have 64-bit chips, too

By Jos · 47 replies
Sep 12, 2013
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  1. Apple is set to launch the first 64-bit mobile processor when the iPhone 5S hits the market September 20. While the immediate performance gains this will bring are debatable -- despite Cupertino’s marketing hyperbole -- Samsung doesn’t intend to stand...

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  2. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +978

    There is no rush for 64bit because no phone will use more than 2GB with current OSes. Maybe as we get 4K smartphones we will need more than 2GB of RAM.
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  3. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Evangelist Posts: 693   +376

    They were just pushing flagship phones with 2GB and now they want to use 64-bit, for what exactly? Will Android become a new Windows that eats up to 2GB of RAM alone? Will we have Crysis 3 on Android or what? I'm more worried about it than glad -will they start just using RAM for nonsense and soon outdate all those devices with less RAM?

    [Disclaimer: I'm not asking or expecting for Crysis 3 on Android, and I'm aware of the technical issues to overcome like recompiling using different APIs and instruction set between PC and mobile devices]
    teddy bear, misor and Jad Chaar like this.
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,480   +3,037

    No Samsung, you ain't got it, so, just suck it in!
  5. You people only think 64 bit is used for just memory?

    Quit thinking you're smart...
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    The way Apple were touting the new 5S with 64 bit processing before the specs were officially released I was expecting something along the lines of an Ivy Bridge-E processor only a lot more powerful.
  7. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,480   +3,037

    No you didn't... :) And it confuses Guest accounts even more, they switch into thinking mode, and end up splashing their brain matter all over the board... :)
  8. No, 64-bit is not just to support more than 4Gb of RAM. 64-bit architecture is a huge benefit whenever you work with large numbers or large chunks of data, because you can process twice as much in one CPU cycle instead of two. As a real life example of large numbers in life, take file size - these days it has to be stored in a 64-bit integer, to support files larger than 4Gb. And such examples are many. Large numbers are often used in databases (which are very often used by mobile applications, even without you realising that) for primary keys, and a 64-bit CPU would speed up lookup operations considerably. Also Apple increased number of registers, which allows for even greater optimisation. Of course, benefits of any hardware only appear when software supports it, but since Apple is responsible for the hardware, the OS AND the development tools, the benefits will be noticeable very soon. They have already reworked the OS and its core apps for 64-bit CPU, so it will all work faster by itself. I think it will not take a long time for developers to update their Xcode and re-compile their apps to support 64-bit, it's all they have to do, the compiler will optimise their code to use the new hardware capabilities for the best speed.
  9. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Evangelist Posts: 744   +274

    Let me ask what you would prefer to arrive on the scene first. The problem, or the solution to the problem? As some of the TechSpot staff would probably say it, "There is no practical need for this technology". You used word "rush" instead of "need" but the mindset is similar.

    Do you want there to be a rush for it? Do you want to pay exorbitant prices for technology that is in high demand.Technology arriving on the scene in advance of a rush for it(or a high demand) will always allow the technology to mature and the cost to come down.

    I'll probably be demonized again by some superhero trolling these forums speaking for those without a voice but my take on all of these technologies is let them come, let them come.

    "Nobody Will Ever Need More Than 640k RAM!" -- Bill Gates, 1981"

    I am not 100% sure about this but isn't Windows 8 Pro a 64-bit OS...doesn't it work on cellphone?

    The fact alone that a technology exists sometimes is enough to increase the demand for it as well. In other words, "build it and they will come".
    Darth Shiv and Jad Chaar like this.
  10. Win 8 PRO does not run on cellphones. ARM chips cannot run WIN 8 pro.
  11. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Evangelist Posts: 744   +274

    Okay, so there is no great demand for this technology at the moment but as I stated previously I believe that solutions arriving before the problem will be a win-win for the consumer. I would love to see 1TB blu-ray disc platters but they aren't here yet. May never be. So, because of this, they charge outrageous prices for BDXL discs and they are only 100/128GB. This is not a good situation for the consumer.
  12. windmill007

    windmill007 TS Rookie Posts: 307

    64 bit rules. All other phones are out of date and behind the times.
  13. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Evangelist Posts: 693   +376

    Of course "we people" know you can calculate bigger numbers, more precision, etc. What the h*ck would you be doing in a smartphone? Managing databases? ARM 64-bit for servers is fine, but for a smartphone? Come on. I'm not even sure those chips have FPU that can take advantage of the much needed higher floating point precision [more accurate decimals].

    As the article states: supporting 64-bit environment doesn't guarantee performance, but it does guarantee more memory usage -just think about memory consumed by pointers and the incalculable amount of pointers apps may use and all at the same time; they would simply use double the amount of memory in all those declared pointers [not double the total memory used by the app].
  14. backo

    backo TS Enthusiast Posts: 59   +9

    I think the 64-bit is an overkill. I do not see any actual benefit at the moment. But as always Apple knows best - their users will have the fastest 64-bit smartphone :) others will just have live with their useless HD displays.
  15. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Evangelist Posts: 312   +125

    Uhm, that's ok. Samsung will continue making CPU's for Apple, and when/if the market really needs 64 bit computing on the phones, Samsung and everyone else will have one. Until then, keep coming back to the posts and look for 64 bits of angry birds.
    Arkane316 likes this.
  16. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +132

    Considering this is the only technical specification that is better than most other flagship smartphones on the market, Apple hardware engineers still lose... but their marketing/fan-boys/general public ignorance will win the day for them.

    Samsung finally started winning the war when they stopped marketing specifications and start marketing gimics/peer-pressure type ads. Even so, they do actually have and have always had better specs than iPhones.
  17. Waiting for 128 bit, come on, bring it on.
  18. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,468   +639

    Hey guest thats all great on a desktop computer.

    But who the hell is working on 4GB+ files and large data sets on a 4 inch Iphone?

    64bit on cell phone will be the same as it was when it came out on computers at the start there will only be small benefit and as time goes on it will increase but its not going to make your phone 100% faster no matter what the marketing slides show you.

    Stop drinking apple juice dude.
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  19. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +978

    I was just talking about memory because it was the first thing that came to my mind when I heard/read "64bit". It doesnt mean I does mean I do not know what other advantages it offers. Think before you comment.
  20. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +978

    Well said man. I completely agree.
  21. backo

    backo TS Enthusiast Posts: 59   +9

    Hey I work with 4 GB files on my phone all the time all 4, 8 or 16 of them and can't wait to start working with 5 GB files... well all 3, 6 or 12 of them :-D
  22. 64bit phones.... most useless feature yet. Heck more than 90% of PC games aren't even using the 64bit architecture. I also have no idea why a phone user would need over 4gb of ram. Heck none of them even know what 64bit is in the first place.
  23. MrBungle

    MrBungle TS Booster Posts: 151   +67

    "Nobody Will Ever Need More Than 640k RAM!" -- Bill Gates, 1981"

    Gates never said that, it's an internet rumor that has no basis in reality.
    Burty117 likes this.
  24. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,468   +639

    And may I ask what phone you have and its current storage capacity including any SD cards?
  25. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Evangelist Posts: 744   +274

    Okay. +1 for you. Maybe he did, maybe he didn't but I see this kind of statement made by other people all the time. So, there is something to be learned from it. Just because you don't need it today doesn't mean you won't need it tomorrow. Yet people continue to make the same statements about technology. I think some people can't look any further than 2 weeks into the future.

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