The Snapdragon 810 processor found in Sony’s new Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact, and Z5 Premium as well as the Xperia Z3 and Z4v (Verizon’s Sony smartphone) has been the source of much controversy in the smartphone world, with Qualcomm denying the problems with the processor while other companies admit them. We’ve detailed some of the issues ourselves.
With that said, Qualcomm’s also faced job layoffs, approximately 15% of its workforce due to the overheating processor. To recoup, Qualcomm has been working hard on its new quad-core, Snapdragon 820 processor. Now, the company has it in the hands of Samsung, the Korean manufacturer who dumped Qualcomm’s processor for its own homegrown, octa-core Exynos 7420 processor this year.
A new report shows the significant improvements the Snapdragon 820 has over the 810, and the fact that Samsung’s testing it suggests that the Korean manufacturer is considering utilizing it in the Galaxy S7 for American and UK consumers, if not others. In the same way that Samsung is still using Sony camera sensors in the Galaxy Note5 alongside of its own ISOCELL censors, we believe Samsung will do the same if it ends up using the Snapdragon 820 in the Galaxy S7.
At the same time, however, the quad-core Snapdragon 820 isn’t the octa-core of the Exynos 7420 – meaning that speed and performance may be less than what Samsung’s own processors would provide. All in all though, Qualcomm processors are cheaper than Samsung’s Exynos processors, but Samsung made $1 billion in additional profit because it used its own and ditched Qualcomm. We’re not sure Samsung wants to lose a cool $1 billion in its current financial state.