Samsung to launch 64-bit phones in 2014, says report


A day after Samsung waxed eloquent about its 64-bit chip plans, a report out of Asia claims that high-end 64-bit smartphones are due from the company next year.

The electronics giant will launch flagship smartphones with 64-bit CPUs (central processing units) in 2014, Taipei-based Digitimes reported Thursday, citing sources.

The phones will also sport WQHD (2,560x1,440 resolution) displays and 16-megapixel cameras, according to the report. Both Samsung Display and Japan Display will "begin volume production of WQHD displays soon," the Digitimes claimed.

CNET has contacted Samsung and will update the report when we have more information.

On Wednesday, Stephen Woo, president of System LSI at Samsung Electronics, said Samsung was taking a "2-step approach," to developing 64-bit mobile chips.

Samsung will work first on a 64-bit processor based on a design from ARM, Woo said, then develop its own "optimized" 64-bit design.

The company did not provide a timetable for release of the chips on Wednesday, but if the report is accurate, development of at least one of the above chips would have to be fairly far along at this point.

"We are marching on schedule," Woo said Wednesday. "We will offer the first 64-bit [processor] based on ARM's own core. After that, we will offer an even more optimized 64-bit [processor] based on our own optimizations."

Apple revealed the first 64-bit chip for smartphones in September. That Apple A7 processor is also an ARM-based design that has been optimized and tweaked by Apple. It is now in shipping in the iPhone 5S and iPad Air.

Currently, with the exception of Apple, smartphones use 32-bit processors. A 64-bit processor can address memory above 4GB and can deliver higher performance on certain operations -- such as those related to games -- than 32-bit chips.