According to a new rumor out of China, Samsung will have enjoy exclusive rights over Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon 820 SoC until April 2016. This basically means the Galaxy S7 will be the first smartphone to launch with the chipset early next year and will remain the only smartphone to offer the Snapdragon 820 chipset until April next year.
The info comes from “I Ice Universe” on Weibo, who published the details on his Weibo account recently. To be honest, the info isn’t quite surprising as Samsung is said to be manufacturing the Snapdragon 820 SoC on its 14nm FinFET Low Power Plus process. In addition to manufacturing the chipset on its 14nm fab, Samsung has also been rumored to test the chipset in its labs to iron out any thermal management issues with the chipset. A few weeks back it was rumored that the Snapdragon 820 chipset was also found to exhibit overheating issues and that Samsung was trying to fix the issue by making certain changes to reduce the heat generated by the chipset.
According to the latest rumors Samsung is likely to utilize the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset on the US and Chinese variants of the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge. Since the Galaxy S7 Plus and the Galaxy S7 Edge Plus have also been rumored recently, we assume the US and Chinese variants of the Plus versions will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip. Rest of the variants are expected to be powered by Samsung’s in-house developed Exynos 8890 SoC.
If the report is accurate, it would also mean that we may not see any other flagship Android smartphone go official at next year’s Mobile World Congress, with the exception of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and its Edge sibling. Flagship smartphones powered by the Snapdragon 820 from other OEMs may have to wait until April.