LTE Galaxy S6 Ditching Snapdragon 810 for Exynos 7420

We already know that Samsung is definitely working on its Galaxy S6 to follow up on last year’s Galaxy S5. We have already “confirmed” a number of the leaked specs for the upcoming Android smartphone. One new tidbit of information that has found its way on the Internet is that Samsung could be moving away from Qualcomm for this iteration, even when it comes to international sales.

You see, Samsung has effectively been offering (at least) two different versions of its flagship devices for some time now. You have the version that is powered by the company’s own Exynos chips and these are usually sold in their home market of South Korea. Then, you have another version that is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC for markets like North America, because we need to have our LTE. With the Galaxy S6, Samsung could be taking things further in house for the American version too.

Perhaps adding fuel to the flame have been the reports indicating that the Snapdragon 810 has had overheating issues. Qualcomm is working to fix that and some have said that Qualcomm was working on a special Samsung version of the Snapdragon 810 for the Galaxy S6. More recent rumors are indicating that the Galaxy S6 will instead be powered by the octa-core Exynos 7420, a 2.1GHz 64-bit chip built on a 14mm process and it also happens to be more energy efficient to boot. By using their own chips (and reducing the number of SKUs), Samsung could save some cash too.

Oh and the newfangled Exynos SoCs should have an integrated LTE modem too, so they don’t need Qualcomm for that either. And let’s not forget about the rumored Galaxy S6 Edge. It’s starting to sound like Samsung has everything all wrapped up.


Via BGR

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