The 64-bit version of Windows 10 Mobile came into Limelight in the beginning of the year 2016 with multiple reports indicating that Microsoft was developing a 64-bit version of Windows 10 Mobile. Microsoft today confirmed that soon their phones will have a 64-bit operating system which will be ready and can be installed the new Lumias 950 and 950 XL. Since currently the Snapdragon 410, 412, 415, 430, 615, 616, 808, 810 and 820 Qualcomm are 64-bit so only Lumia Devices having them can get the 64 bit OS when it releases.

What is a 64-bit system?

To start this we must first know What is bit? A binary digit is a unit of digital information measured with 1 and 0 sequences of bits. This sequence is performed every time a computer performs a function. More bits the device has more information can be run simultaneously.

32-bit OS is more than enough for simpler tasks and to equip a low-cost smartphone. But if you want to watch 4K resolution movie or perform tens tasks at the same time 64-bit system is needed. Given the vision of Microsoft for improving Continuum with classic desktop apps, a 64-Bit OS will be an important addition.


Microsoft is already developing methods to bring x86 based apps to ARM platform. x86-to-ARM just-in-time (JIT) emulator allows running classic desktop apps on mobile devices which will require more RAM. 64-bit support will enable devices with more than 4GB of RAM.

64-Bit vs 32-Bit:

  • Battery consumption improved by 30%
  • Use / management of RAM has improved 40%
  • The information processing is up to 72% better
  • The storage memory management is 26% better
  • The images captured by the camera processing is 34% better
  • Audio (recordings and links) is 28% better
  • Audio and video (Adreno) playback performance is 45% better