One of the big new iPhone 5s features that Apple boasted about at its event earlier this week is the device's A7 processor, which the company says includes a 64-bit architecture for more data processing power than its A6 predecessor. Apple touted that the iPhone 5s was the first smartphone to have such a feature, but according to a Samsung executive, the Cupertino firm will eventually have company at the 64-bit party.
Speaking to the Korea Times, Samsung co-CEO J.K. Shin has revealed that his firm has smartphones with 64-bit processors in its pipeline. Shin didn't say what these phones will be or exactly when they'll arrive, but he did suggest that it may take a little time for the first of those products to arrive, saying that they'll come "not in the shortest time."
It's no surprise to hear that Samsung is planning to introduce phones with 64-bit processors, as I'm sure that we'll eventually see such devices from most every major mobile manufacturer. Still, Shin's statement is likely to please mobile spec hounds that are jonesing for more 64-bit action. Considering that a 64-bit chip would be a pretty major feature for a new phone as well as Shin's comment that Samsung's 64-bit phones are still a little ways off, perhaps the Galaxy S 5 will be one of Samsung's first to possess the extra processing muscle.
Shin also responded to Apple's attempt to grow in China and Japan with the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s, telling reporters that Samsung will need to "try harder" in these countries in order to counter Apple's efforts.
A second, unnamed Samsung executive also touched on Apple's push into China and Japan, saying that Samsung has "no reason to allow Apple to steal market share" thanks to the Galaxy maker's "better pricing, a diversified product lineup and solid partnerships with local channels." The exec went on to say that Samsung is planning to introduce phones in China with TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE capabilities earlier than it had previously planned.