Samsung joins fight to improve Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor

Samsung has had a successful year with its own Exynos 7420 processor, which has pretty much set the standard in the industry for its blazing-fast speed and top-notch performance. Of course, Exynos processors are highly expensive when compared to Qualcomm’s own Snapdragon chips, so a number of manufacturers have even more of a vested interest in Qualcomm chips than any others. This doesn’t mean that Chinese manufacturers like Meizu aren’t resorting to using Samsung’s Exynos processors in their smartphones, but most high-end Android manufacturers like LG, Motorola, HTC, and Sony, among others, are forced to rely on Qualcomm because they are currently unable to manufacture their own processors. LG is partnering up with Intel to produce an SoC of its own, though the Korean manufacturer has its own Nuclun processor it’s been experimenting with for future smartphones.

The Snapdragon 810 has been unleashed on the tech market with a lot of tragic consequences due to its overheating in devices like the Xperia Z5, and rumor has it that the Snapdragon 820 is producing the same overheating problem. How bad is it? The situation is so bad, it seems, that Samsung is stepping in to help improve the overheating situation. What the extent of Samsung’s involvement is we don’t know, but Samsung is playing a role in making the Snapdragon 820 a better processor than the 810.

Samsung has placed its Galaxy S7, to be announced in January/February, at the feet of the Snapdragon 820, and early results show that the quad-core processor (not an octa-core like Samsung’s Exynos 7420) does outperform the currently-reigning Exynos processor in terms of raw power and speed. Samsung wants to have the best processors in the industry in its devices, though Samsung has still said that certain versions of the upcoming Galaxy S7 will feature its own Exynos processor. As for Qualcomm, the maker behind the Snapdragon 820, the overheating claim with the new processor is rubbish and has no basis in reality, but Qualcomm denied the overheating issues with the Snapdragon 810 – so it’s probably best to wait for verification about the 820’s improved performance from other sources.


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