Samsung has made the decision to abandon its own lone of Exynos chips for Qualcomm processors for the upcoming set of Galaxy S7 smartphones.
This news comes just one year down the line, after the South Korean tech giant turned away the U.S.-based chip maker with its Snapdragon 810 chipset that was believed to have overheating issues. This will be exciting news for the U.S. Company it had recorded poor performance in the market given the volume of products Samsung sells.
According to sources close to the matter, the company will be using the Snapdragon 820 chipset in some of its Samsung Galaxy S7 models. These phones are expected to be unveiled this coming month with an official release to follow the next month. As mentioned earlier, the OEM will only use Qualcomm’s chip in some of its models, which probably means that this will ship in U.S.-destined models. For the models shippedto other parts of the world such as China, Samsung will go for its in-house Exynos 8.
A sigh of relief for Qualcomm
As noted before, Qualcomm lost the trust of Samsung in last year’s release of Galaxy S6 models with the company going for its Exynos 7 processors. Now that Qualcomm has won back a fraction of the OEM’s high-end business, it will be a sigh of relief and an indicator that its newly developed hardware is a lot better than the previous 810.
Samsung is the leading supplier of smartphones in the world, accounting for almost a third of the entire market. With the American company back in control of some of Samsung’s business, it will be looking for ways to acquire even more.
There are reports that Samsung agreed to the deal just so as to boost its own business as far as chip making is concerned. The company had the option of using its own Exynos 8 in the entire lineup of Samsung Galaxy S7, but because it wants to keep on manufacturing chips for other companies, it had to partner with Qualcomm.
Further reports say that Qualcomm is outsourcing technology from Samsung with regards to the 14-nanometer process for building the Snapdragon 820 in a bid to allow the chip draw less power as well as perform better. This is the same process that Samsung uses to manufacture the Exynos 8 chip.
A complicated relationship
When Samsung decided to drop support for Snapdragon 810 and instead use Exynos 7 in Galaxy S6 models, many thought that the company had finally broken free from the partnership chains it shared with Qualcomm. However, the return of Snapdragon 820 in Samsung Galaxy S7 resurfaces a complicated relationship that exists between these two partners-cum- competitors.
Samsung has been providing good business for Qualcomm; however, part of the former’s business is in direct competition with the latter. Now that another wing of Samsung wants to play a part in manufacturing Qualcomm’s chipsets, it will only be a win-win situation for both companies.
Samsung is expected to install a 5.1-inch screen on the Galaxy S7 and a 5.5-inch screen on the Galaxy S7 Edge. As opposed to the April release of the Galaxy S6, this year’s models are expected to start selling this March.