Samsung will be launching a new Exynos processor with 64-bit support on the Galaxy S5 next year but may not only be exclusive to the international variant. Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 410 with 64-bit support which means that Galaxy S5 U.S. model can have the same feature in 2014.
Qualcomm's Entry Level 64-Bit CPU
Qualcomm announced its entry-level 64-bit processor chipset called Snapdragon 410. Snapdragon 410 was confirmed by Qualcomm Incorporated Dec. 9 at San Diego to deliver faster performance among the growing and new emerging smartphones.
Snapdragon 410 features the following technical specifications:
- 64-bit support enabled
- Superior graphics performance with Adreno 306
- 1080p video playback
- 13 MP camera support
- 3G, 4G/LTE network for all major modes and frequency bands
- Dual and Triple SIM support
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM, NFC functions
- GPS, GLONASS and China's BeiDou for enhanced location data accuracy and speed
- Supports Android, Firefox and Windows phone operating systems
"We are excited to bring 4G LTE to highly affordable smartphones at a sub $150 price point with the introduction of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. The Snapdragon 410 chipset will also be the first of many 64-bit capable processors as Qualcomm Technologies helps lead the transition of the mobile ecosystem to 64-bit processing," Jeff Lorbeck, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Qualcomm Technologies, said.
However, the new Qualcomm processor is an entry-level chipset and the SoC is not a high-end powerhouse designed for devices with sub-$150 price tag. Next year, we can expect more developments until Qualcomm can release something as powerful as Snapdragon 800 with 64-bit support.
Samsung Galaxy S5 And Sony Xperia Z2
Usually, Samsung uses Qualcomm processors for the U.S. variants of its flagship smartphones and leaves the Exynos chipset for the international models. With the arrival of Qualcomm's version of 64-bit chipsets, aspiring Galaxy S5 owners in the U.S. can expect a model with the same power of Exynos 6.
However, Qualcomm hasn't use any octa-core settings yet and prefer quad-core combination to properly manage heat on the device. But having 64-bit support enabled is enough to compete in today's market which computers are now enjoying on Windows 8.
Sony is another loyal customer of Qualcomm and used Snapdragon 800 on the Xperia Z series, including Xperia Z1. Rumors boiling on Xperia Z2 'Avatar' coming in next year may end up with 64-bit support using Qualcomm's future technologies.
The 64-bit processors can maximize the performance of RAM chipsets to the peak unlike with 32-bit. Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 will begin sampling of SoC by first half of 2014 and commercialization on the second quarter.
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