Recently a new rumor has emerged that claims that the South Korean technology giant, Samsung, is testing the next generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC in its labs. Samsung it seems is trying to decide whether it should use its homegrown Exynos chips or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon for its next flagship smartphone the Galaxy S7.
Samsung has till the Galaxy Note 4 used both Exynos and Snapdragon chipsets on its flagship devices. Mostly the Snapdragon powered variants were reserved for the US market because of the integrated LTE modem on the Snapdragon variants.
However this year was different as we saw that Samsung has only used Exynos chips on its flagship devices. Now based on a recent report Samsung will begin to ship Exynos chipsets with integrated LTE modem which basically means that the company can do without Qualcomm chips on its flagship devices next year as well.
This year Samsung did not use the Qualcomm chips because it was found that the Snapdragon 810 was suffering from severe heating and throttling issues during testing.
This was the same reason that Samsung was worried about with the Snapdragon 820. Now if Samsung finds that the Snapdragon 820 also suffers from the same fate than the company will obviously not use the chips for its Galaxy S7.
Coming to the Snapdragon 820 SoC, the chip will be featuring Qualcomm’s ‘Hydra’ cores along with Adreno 530 GPU and LTE Cat.10 connectivity. The chip will be manufactured on a 14nm FinFET process which is similar to Samsung’s very own Exynos 7420.