Samsung talks progress on 64-bit Exynos chips

With Apple making the 64-bit smartphone a reality, its competition is scrambling to play catch-up. We’ve already heard from Samsung, which has made it perfectly clear that it had its eye on bringing 64-bit performance to its own Exynos family of SoCs. Back in September, when it confirmed the news, the timing of such a development seemed a little unclear: the company both said that 64-bit chips would be present in its “next smartphones,” while also saying availability wouldn’t necessarily be ready “in the shortest time.” Today we get a little update on 64-bit Exynos progress, but it’s still a bit confusing.

This new info comes courtesy of a Samsung Q3 earnings call, the results of which we told you about earlier today. On that call, a company exec talked about work towards this 64-bit chip.

The thing is, this original report is in Korean, and while we’ve seen other people talking about it in terms of a positive “the 64-bit Exynos is nearly done” message, Samsung’s words aren’t crystal-clear. Running the text through a couple different translators, what we see mentions the chip being nearly “ready for release,” but there’s also a specific reference to the second quarter of next year, when this 64-bit chip, combined with DDR4 memory, should give Samsung phones some super-high-speed RAM access. Maybe that’s just referring to the DDR4 RAM, and the 64-bit Exynos will be out first – it’s all a little murky.

In any case, we were just talking about ongoing work towards giving Android a kernel that can take advantage of a 64-bit chip, so maybe one thing at a time, eh?

Source: IT Today (Google Translate) (Bing Translate)
Via: GSM Arena

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