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'Big uptick in demand for mobile 64-bit products,' ARM EVP tells CNET

With announcements earlier this year from chipmakers NVIDIA and Qualcomm, there's clear momentum building behind 64-bit processors in mobile devices. And in an interview with CNET today, ARM's executive vice president of corporate strategy reveals it's recently seen a "big uptick in demand for mobile 64-bit products," with the potential for 64-bit Android products by the end of the year.

ARM's Tom Lantzsch says in today's interview, "we believe the capability will be there for a 64-bit phone by Christmas." There was no comment on when a 64-bit version of Android would be made available, but the Christmas timeframe hints at the technology possibly making its way into the next Nexus phone, usually released with a major new Android revision around the end of each year. Such a Nexus device would pave the way for more 64-bit phones and tablets in early 2015, which is when Qualcomm is aiming to ship the first Snapdragon 808 and 810 SoCs.

But the benefits of ARM's 64-bit v8-A architecture, used in its Cortex A53 products, extend beyond running natively 64-bit code, Lantzsch says — "The architecture itself allows for more efficiency in the code. So, that means better battery life, quicker responsiveness, better features." ARM's new v8-A, it's claimed, will run 32-bit code even faster than the company's current 32-bit architecture.

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ARM anticipates 64-bit Android phones 'by Christmas'

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And this is why I'm holding on to my Note 3 until the Fall... Y'all cab keep the S5 and M8... My champion is coming in the Fall.

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Apple copied AMD and Intel bro. Or someone who built a 64-bit processor before even those two companies. The PlayStation 2's Emotion Engine CPU was 64-bit back in 2000.

So Apple invented the ARM 64 bit architecture, did it ? Not much point in 64 bit, with a tiny 1 GB of RAM either, I want 64 bit, with at least 4 GB of RAM, GPUs by the bucket load, UHD, 6" and I want it cheap, ideally in a Nexus device.

Seems as though they're conflating 64bit with other architectural changes.
The move to 64bit alone doesn't net you all that.

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Just out of curiosity, what benefit will this have for the average user? I say average user in the sense of the vast majority of users who just make calls, text, check e-mail and occasionally check something out on the web. I understand the present company use your phones for other things and enjoy the technology and bickering. :) Or, is this just marketing? PC sales might actually go up this year; not because people actually need or want new computers, but because MS stopped supporting XP. I built my own computer 2 years ago with all the bells and whistles, but except for some video and photo editing my old 32 bit XP machine, now off-line, was just fine. So my question is, is 64 bit architecture really needed in a smartphone, or is this just giving the marketing companies something to talk about?

Efficiency is always welcomed, but I don't see any improvement in iphone 5s battery life compared to iPhone 5.

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Really? My GF is a diehard iPhone user, and I got her the 5 when it came out and the 5S just last week. We see a BIG improvement in battery, not to mention speed and the camera. I think its a great little phone. Probably one of the best, actually. I just hate Apple so much and Mac OS or iOS or WTF they are calling this week **I just could never use one.

But I don't begrudge people who do :-) IMHO, I think Android is finally reaching a level of fit and polish that was never there before 4.2 >

Great. Another BS click-bait article from the UK guy.
This is just more bullshit. He told everyone the Snapdragon 805 as coming out in Q2 and NO clue of an 801.