Samsung will make Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 820 processor
Scarred by the Snapdragon 810’s overheating issues? You’re not the only one — but it’s not something we’ll have to worry about with the Snapdragon 820, thanks to Samsung.
The South Korean company has today confirmed that it will manufacture Qualcomm’s latest flagship using its cutting-edge 14-nanometer manufacturing process — the same process used to make its own impressive Exynos 7420.
That Exynos 7420 chip is widely regarded as the best mobile chipset we saw in Android devices last year. It may not have outperformed the iPhone’s A9, but it certainly blew everything else out of the water, making the Galaxy S6 series as smooth as silk — even with TouchWiz.
Now Samsung has an even more advanced 14-nanometer FinFET “Low Power Plus” manufacturing process, which it will use to make its next chips — and the Snapdragon 820.
Samsung says it delivers “up to 15 percent higher speed and 15 percent less power” over its last 14nm chips, and “enhanced manufacturing capabilities to overcome scaling limitations.” Qualcomm has promised the Snapdragon 820 will be twice as fast as the Snapdragon 810.
The new manufacturing process and Samsung’s expertise should also ensure that the Snapdragon 820 isn’t plagued by the same heat issues its predecessor was. Those issues actually caused Samsung to avoid using the Snapdragon 810 in its own 2015 lineup.
Rumor has it, however, that Samsung will return to using Qualcomm chips in 2016, so we can expect to see a Snapdragon 820 packing into the upcoming Galaxy S7 series.