Samsung Reportedly to Use Qualcomm Chip in New Smartphone
Some of the device maker's Galaxy S7 smartphones will be powered by Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor, according to news reports.Qualcomm's year got off to a rough start when reports spread that Samsung, the world's top Android smartphone vendor, was opting not to use the chip maker's Snapdragon 810 processor in its Galaxy S6 device because of concerns over overheating. The decision was the beginning of a string of challenges the chip maker has had to deal with over the year, from ongoing regulatory probes in the United States and overseas as well as pressure from activist shareholder Jana Partners, whose insistence on larger returns for investors led the company in July to announce a restructuring plan that consists of cutting $1.4 billion in expenses—including slashing 15 percent of its workforce—and considering splitting in two. However, Samsung—which used its own Exynos processors in the Galaxy S6—reportedly now will use Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 820 mobile systems-on-a-chip (SoC) in the Galaxy S7, which is expected to launch next year in the United States and China. Citing a report in the Electronic Times, a South Korean news site, Reuters said Samsung will use its Exynos processors for Galaxy S7s that are sold in other parts of the world. The news comes as Qualcomm, the world's top mobile chip vendor, readies the Snapdragon 820 for release this year, with devices powered by the SoC coming out in the first half of 2016.
For the Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm officials had moved away from developing its own custom CPU core design, choosing instead to base the chip on an off-the-shelf ARM CPU design to accelerate the company's move into the market for 64-bit chips. However, soon after reports about Samsung's decision regarding the Snapdragon 810 and Galaxy S6 smartphone, CEO Steve Mollenkopf in late January said that for the 820, the company was returning to a custom core design.