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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.

Samsung Galaxy S IV

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 Reclaimer77 on 9/12/2013 4:47:13 PM , Rating: 2
Apple's 64bit A7 is based on the already-existing ARMv8 specification. ARM has been 64bit ready for a while now.

It's also a trivial matter making 64bit Android. Linux has been 64bit friendly for like, forever, and ARM64 support is already in the mainline kernel.

Samsung looks to gain more from 64bit SoC's than anyone else. They already make phones with 3gigs of RAM. By next year we'll be seeing Samsung models with 4gigs of memory, maybe more. So there are definite gains to be had by going 64bit.

RE: 64 bit android?
By Shig on 9/12/2013 5:42:31 PM , Rating: 2

If you think your tablet is going to run fine with a 2500x1600 resolution screen on 2GB of ram, think again.

2GB of ram isn't even enough on my S4, I want moar.

RE: 64 bit android?
By danbob999 on 9/12/2013 9:56:47 PM , Rating: 2
2500x1600x32/8 = 15 MiB. You need only 16 MiB RAM to run a 2500x1600 tablet using 32 bit colors.
What take RAM is the applications, what you don't see.

RE: 64 bit android?
By Monkey's Uncle on 9/12/2013 6:32:54 PM , Rating: 2
Samsung's 64-bit SoC has been in development for quite some time now. Apple just managed to announce (but not actually deliver) theirs out the door first.

I am sure that Qualcomm is well under way getting their kraits on the ARMv8 bandwagon too.

When these phones come out in volume I have no doubt that 32GB + 4GB storage/memory will be the 'low end' specs on the block. The high end will have 64GB + 6-8GB memory (and cost you your first born son).

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