Samsung is rumored to be the one building Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 830 processors, with the Korean giant expected to use its rival’s chips in some of its own devices. The rumored Qualcomm SoCs will reportedly be ready in time for the Galaxy S8 launch, expected in the first half of next year.
Qualcomm had just barely finished working on its Snapdragon 820 generation of chips, with the recently detailed Snapdragon 821 showing up in Google’s new Pixel handsets. But as the story goes in the tech industry, as soon as one model is out the door, rumors already start flying about what’s next.
A report from the Korean site ET News, claims that Samsung and Qualcomm have signed a deal that will see the Korean manufacturer build the upcoming Snapdragon chips. Not much is known about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 as things currently stand, though rumor is the next processors will be built on the 10nm manufacturing process. That’s down from the current 14nm manufacturing process used in the 820 generation. The continued miniaturization should afford the upcoming processors an important boost in performance and energy use, with an earlier report claiming that the upcoming Exynos, built on the 10nm process, is already better than the 830.
As for Samsung using Qualcomm’s chips in some of its devices, that’s not at all surprising. For years now, the South Korean manufacturer has relied on Snapdragon chips for devices aimed at the US market, while opting for its own Exynos processors for international devices.
While there’s little solid evidence to go on in this report, the conclusions reached are fairly easily predictable, so they have a high probability of being true.
In either case, we’ll likely hear a lot more about any upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 as we get nearer to the chip’s launch window next year.