Samsung Galaxy S5 specs will include a 64-bit processor, clearly intended to rival the Apple iPhone 5S which boasted that it was the first smartphone in the world to have a 64-bit processor. The news that Samsung would include the 64-bit processing into the Samsung Galaxy S4 came from the mobile business chief Shin Jong-kyun who told The Korea Times, "Not in the shortest time. But yes, our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality."
Samsung Galaxy S5 specs may be intended to take Apple in mind as the main rival to Samsung, rather than fellow Android companies like HTC or LG. Samsung clearly has concern about the Asian market and Apple's desire to increase market share there. Jong-kyn commented that "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."
Another lower ranked executive commented:
"Apple believes that it can boost its market share in China thanks to stronger brand awareness. However, with better pricing, a diversified product lineup and solid partnerships with local channels, Samsung plans to keep its current momentum in China. We have no reason to allow Apple to steal market share from us."
Samsung Galaxy S5 specs are sure to surpass the iPhone 5S, though the question is how much RAM will the device have? To take advantage of 64-bit processing, smartphones must have more than 4GB of RAM, currently not a single device on the market or upcoming has that much RAM. Samsung does appear to capable of providing large amounts of RAM on it's devices. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 boasts 3GB of RAM (though only about 2.5GB can be fully utilized because of the TouchWiz UI). That means if Samsung intends the Galaxy S5 to have 64-bit processing at the very least we must see 4GB of RAM. In addition to that, currently there is no 64-bit version of Android, so we will need a 64-bit Android OS and 64-bit Android apps before we see any real use for a 64-bit Samsung Galaxy S5.
Samsung Galaxy S5 specs will also include a mind boggling octa-core processor. A Samsung press release reported that heterogeneous multi-processing would be integrated into the Exynos 5 Octa processor. The octa-core processor could vastly improve efficiency and workloads. In many ways the octa-core would be similar to what Apple does with the A7 processor and the Moto X with its own processor. Hopefully this means we will see a larger degree of optimization of the Android OS with the processor, something Apple has been able to do fairly well with the A7 and iOS7. Advantages of a 64-bit processor would include the ability to have faster transfers of data, improved performance and being able to compute more complex operations. This 64-bit octa core processor would go along with rumors about 4K display on the Samsung Galaxy S5. Currently only one or two smartphones are even capable of taking 4K video, let alone having a 4K display.
"It's usually assumed that the big CPU will do all the performance-critical work, however, power-efficient little cores can handle many significant workloads all on their own, so the workload is balanced within the system," said Taehoon Kim, vice president of System LSI marketing, Samsung Electronics. "big.LITTLE processing is designed to deliver the right combination of processors for a specific job. An eight-core processor with HMP is the truest form of the big.LITTLE technology with limitless benefits to the users of high-performance, low-power mobile products."
Samsung Galaxy S5 specs at this point indicate that we will possibly get an all-metal phone, the removable battery and microSD card may go away, we will likely see an octa-core 64-bit processor and 4K video capabilities. Other specs could include a 4K display and 4GB of RAM. Of course the Samsung Galaxy S5 release date is likely to be a full year away, but the Samsung Unpacked Episode 2 event did give us some hints that the next-gen of Samsung devices are going to be staggeringly powerful, if the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is anything to go by. We will keep you posted as we learn more about the Samsung Galaxy S5.
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