Google Nexus 6 Could Come With 64-Bit SoC from MediaTek but Release Date Must Wait Until December 2014 – Reports

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The Google Nexus 6 on release date will likely draw its power from a 64-bit processing chip but Android fans will have to wait until 2014 Christmas time to actually get hold of the device, new reports said.

Reports from Taiwan that G4Games has picked up this week suggested that Google is mulling a possible partnership with chipmaker MediaTek for the powerful CPU that will bring the next Nexus smartphone into life.

If the deal pushes through, the device to be manufactured will be in the mid-range class, which fits in with earlier reports that a $100 Nexus phone will hit the pipeline soon.

The same gadget, said the G4Games report, "will benefit from the quad core MT6732 clocked at 1.5 GHz or the octa core MT6752 SoC running at a frequency of 2.0 GHz." Both chips fall under the 64-bit chip architecture.

It is unclear, however, if the planned device is entirely different from the rumoured Nexus 6 that rumours have characterised as Google's answer to 2014 iOS and Android flagships, namely the iPhone 6 from Apple and Samsung's Galaxy S5.

What is certain, according to CNET, is 64-bit mobile computing capability will land in the Android sphere within this year. That would mean Nexus and other Android-based devices will soon take advantage of the same chip technology that Apple had introduced via the iPhone 5S in late 2013.

The main boost for tablets and smartphones is that "the architecture itself allows for more efficiency in the code. So, that means better battery life, quicker responsiveness, better features," ARM vice president Tom Lantzsch told CNET.

Lantzsch explained too that the aimed optimisation will be surely and swiftly realised even if the Nexus 6, for instance, will still run a number of 32-bit mobile applications. "Even existing 32-bit code will run more efficiently on (ARM's 64-bit) v8-A architecture than on native 32-bit ARM architecture," the executive added.

 But the same technology will be readily available in the third quarter of 2014.

ARM wagers that 64-bit Android devices will hit the market within the last three months of the year, with Lantzsch adding: "We believe the capability will be there for a 64-bit phone by Christmas."

So if Google is really bent on deploying 64-bit CPU with the rumoured Nexus 6, whether it is Snapdragon or MediaTek, that plan will have to wait a few more months.

Per the recent speculations surrounding the Nexus 6, its release date is seen to happen in early Q3 2014 or between the months of July and September with a phablet-size screen profile and Android 4.5 as banner specs and features.

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