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Samsung's next Galaxy smartphones to feature 64-bit chips, too

That's the word from Samsung Mobile's co-CEO Shin Jong-kyun, who also said the company plans to compete hard with Apple in China and Japan.

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Apple this week unveiled the iPhone 5S, which features a 64-bit processor. Josh Lowensohn/CNET

Apple might have been the first major smartphone maker to deliver 64-bit architecture in its smartphone's processor, but Samsung doesn't intend to be too far behind.

Speaking to Korea Times in an interview published Wednesday, Samsung Mobile co-CEO Shin Jong-kyun said that the next-generation Galaxy smartphones will come with 64-bit processors. Shin didn't say exactly when the Samsung handsets will come with 64-bit architecture, saying only that it will not happen "in the shortest time."

Apple announced its iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S on Tuesday. The company's 5C handset is essentially an updated iPhone 5 that features a plastic finish and multiple colors. The iPhone 5S comes with Apple's new A7 processor featuring the 64-bit architecture. The higher-end capability should make Apple's iPhone 5S more adept at handling resource-intensive applications that can take advantage of the new chip.

Samsung and Apple have been competing intensely for years now, so it's no surprise Samsung is looking to match the iPhone maker on this point. Shin didn't say what other features might come to the next-generation Galaxy handsets, but he did quickly turn his attention to China and Japan, where he says, Apple is trying hard to steal market share.

"Samsung understands that Apple intends to boost its mobile business in China, as well as in Japan, meaning that we should try harder in these countries," Shin told Korea Times.

See also: The real reasons Apple's 64-bit A7 chip makes sense