Samsung Planning 64-bit Competitive Chip to Apple A7 But Do You Believe the 64-bit Hype?

Go ahead and credit Apple with blazing a trail to 64-bit processing in the smartphone sector -- that's fair, considering the recently announced iPhone 5S is the first smartphone to boast a 64-bit System-on-Chip (SoC) -- just don't expect its competitors to sit idly by. Just the opposite, Samsung confirmed it's also planning to make the leap to 64-bit.

Samsung Mobile co-CEO Shin Jong-kyun told The Korea Times in an interview that the next generation of Galaxy branded smartphones will be more powerful and faster due to an upgrade to 64-bit processing. He stopped short of saying exactly when these new phones will debut, though you probably shouldn't expect anything until 2014.

Samsung Galaxy S4

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

Samsung launched the Galaxy S4 in April of this year and sold 20 million units in the first two months. Prior to that, Samsung launched the Galaxy S3 in June, 2012. Following a similar release cycle, we wouldn't expect to see the Galaxy S5 until at least February, 2014.

The South Korean handset maker also said it plans to fend off Apple in China. Samsung enjoys a 19.4 percent share of the Chinese market, versus Apple at just 4.3 percent, though the latter hopes to change that with the launch of its iPhone 5C.