Samsung is preparing to release the Galaxy S7 in a few months, and we’ve seen two model numbers that show us there are two models coming down the pipeline: the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy s7 edge. At the same time, there have been rumors about Samsung testing out a quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, one that has since been announced as the Snapdragon 820. Samsung utilized its own Exynos 7420 octa-core processor this year in order to prevent users from experiencing overheating issues with Qualcomm’s processor, and Samsung customers have grown accustomed to a Samsung processor.
Now, however, it appears as though Qualcomm has won a battle with Samsung, one that involves particular US carriers. According to the latest information from Samsung site SamMobile, Samsung is planning to utilize Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor for Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular in the US. All three of these carriers run on CDMA (code division multiple access) technology, and will bow to Qualcomm as far as the applications processor in their devices. AT&T and T-Mobile, however, run on GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) technology and will have their respective Galaxy S7 models feature Samsung’s new octa-core Exynos 8890 processor.
The reason behind Samsung’s decision to utilize Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor has something to do with Qualcomm’s patents related to CDMA technology more than anything else; after all, it seems as though Samsung’s octa-core processor is better-performing, but again, Samsung doesn’t want to rock any boats here or make it difficult for the company to profit, financially. Samsung utilizes GSM technology in its own home country, Korea, as well as across Europe — so placing its own Exynos 8890 processor in GSM smartphones isn’t hard to do.
Some have said that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 outpaces Samsung’s Exynos 7420 found in this year’s Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, and Galaxy Note 5, but Samsung’s Exynos 8890 likely blows away the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. Unfortunately, CDMA customers in the US won’t get to experience it. Fortunately, the current Galaxy Note 5 features Samsung’s octa-core processor, so pick up one while supplies last.