Samsung: “Our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality”

In a move that probably surprises no one, Samsung’s mobile business chief Shin Jong-kyun revealed that the company is working on a 64-bit smartphone. “Our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality,” Shin said, in an interview with the Korea Times.

This, of course, is likely in response to Apple’s(s aapl) recently announced iPhone 5s, which is the world’s first smartphone to be built upon 64-bit architecture. Though the benefits of a 64-bit smartphone chip are dubious right now, Samsung is clearly not willing to let the public think that Apple is using a superior technology.

Samsung recently announced the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3, which is 32-bit, like nearly all other smartphones on the market. Shin did not comment on which devices will use a 64-bit processor or an exact timeline, but that these devices will arrive “Not in the shortest time.”

I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see a 64-bit Galaxy S 5 released next year. And it wouldn’t surprise me if other smartphone manufacturers make the move to 64-bit, either, assuming Google(s goog) adds 64-bit support in Android 4.4 or a future update.