Samsung spotted testing 64-bit Android phone?
Last fall, we saw chipmaker Qualcomm announce its first 64-bit Snapdragon SoC, the Snapdragon 410. Just a few months following Apple’s launch of the iPhone 5S with a 64-bit A7 SoC of its own, Android fans were eager to learn when 64-bit capabilities would come to their platform, and Qualcomm seemed eager to provide the answer. In the time since then, we’ve seen Qualcomm announce additional 64-bit SoCs, but we’re still waiting for that trailblazing 410 to show up in a commercial device – word back then was that the first might arrive in the second half of 2014. As we near that point, we’re starting to see evidence of the 410’s arrival, and a new Samsung benchmark result sure seems to feature the SoC.
Over on GFXBench we see the data for Samsung’s model SM-G510F. With a 4.8-inch quarter HD display, we’re clearly not in flagship territory, an idea reinforced by mention of a quad-core 1.2GHz SoC. But then there’s that GPU: an Adreno 306. While previous Snapdragon 400 chips used the 305, only the 410 runs the 306, so far as we’ve heard.
The confusing bit, though, is how GFXBench reports the CPU as an ARMv7 component, while the Cortex-A53 used in the 410 employs ARMv8 architecture. We’re not quite sure what to make of that discrepancy, though this may be a case of the 410 being too new a chip for the service to properly recognize.
One way or another, 64-bit Androids are right around the corner. Will you welcome them with open arms, or is this the latest in a long line of “advancements” for the sake of advancements?