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Samsung wants to stay on its A game to beat Apple

Samsung sees that Apple is making an aggressive push into China, and will pump up the competition with powerful new 64-bit Galaxy products in order to keep Apple at bay. 

Shin Jong-kyun, Samsung’s mobile business chief, confirmed that Samsung wants to expand its business in the Chinese smartphone market during a meeting in Seocho-dong, southern Seoul.
 
“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,” said shin.

Apple will sell its latest iPhones through China Unicom and China Telecom while also talking with China Mobile, which has a customer base over twice the size of the U.S. population. In fact, Chinese regulators gave the final required license for the iPhone to work on China Mobile Ltd's mobile network this week.

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Samsung plans to pursue the market with competitive products in hopes of swaying users from buying Apple's iPhones. For instance, Shin said the next set of Samsung Galaxy smartphones would feature 64-bit processors for more power and speed.

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

In addition, Samsung will hold a launch event for its latest 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3 "phablet" in China.

Apple, on the other hand, just recently announced its iPhone 5S, which also features a 64-bit processor (the ARM-based A7). This will offer the market a high-end smartphone with enough power to run complex games and applications. 
 
As of the end of the second quarter, Samsung was the top smartphone seller in China with 19.4 percent of the market while Apple’s share was just 4.3 percent.

Source: The Korea Times



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RE: 64 bit android?
By Shadowself on 9/12/2013 1:48:44 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
“Not in the shortest time. But yes, our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality,” said Shin.


Note he is NOT saying they will be shipping a full 64 bit processor in any phone, just "64-bit processing functionality". Hell, most 32 bit processors can do 64 bit work (and many can do 128 bit work). This does not make them true 64 bit processors. At this point there is no way of knowing just how "64 bit" those coming Samsung processors will be.

And Samsung has not "announced" anything. One spokesman has been quoted in a "Us Too" statement. That is all.

However, when Samsung, the company shipping the most Android devices by far, does start shipping mobile devices with a 64 bit processor -- whenever that finally happens -- you can be certain that Google will have a compatible 64 bit variant of Android ready.


RE: 64 bit android?
By DerekZ06 on 9/12/2013 4:05:21 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Note he is NOT saying they will be shipping a full 64 bit processor in any phone, just "64-bit processing functionality". Hell, most 32 bit processors can do 64 bit work (and many can do 128 bit work). This does not make them true 64 bit processors. At this point there is no way of knowing just how "64 bit" those coming Samsung processors will be.


quote:
"Shin said the next set of Samsung Galaxy smartphones would feature 64-bit processors for more power and speed"


A 32bit processor doing 64 bit work will not have more power or speed. There would be more than a 50% hit in performance.

Samsung will ship full 64 bit processors because anything else would be inefficient.


RE: 64 bit android?
By extide on 9/12/2013 4:39:08 PM , Rating: 2
Not necessarily. For example, SIMD instructions allow current 64-bit CPU's to execute 128 bit and some even support instructions working on 256bit registers at full speed. (See SSE, MMX, etc)


RE: 64 bit android?
By Monkey's Uncle on 9/13/2013 1:10:41 PM , Rating: 2
Depends if Samsung is making them support the full ARMv8 spec. In order to do that they have to implement the full AArch64 operating state. There is nothing stating that Any manufacturer is doing a full implementation in their v1 silicon.

I guess we will have to see.

Creating a 64-bit variant of Android should be nothing more than a simple recompile and regression test. Shouldn't take Google long since ARM is providing the development tools for ARMv8 developers to use.


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