Samsung Will Be Building Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 SoCs
Back in December, we reported that Samsung would be the first company to get first dibs on Qualcomm's fabled and yet-to-be-released Snapdragon 820 flagship SoC. How Samsung and Qualcomm were going to do this while fending off the horde of its (seemingly) angry rivals was a bit of a mystery, until now.
As it turns out, the reason behind Samsung's confident procurement of the premium flagship SoC was because they would be the ones responsible for manufacturing the processors. The Korean giant made an official statement in midJanuary, confirming the fact that they had begun production of the new 14nm LPP (Low Power Plus) process that makes up the Snapdragon 820.
“We are pleased to start production of our industry-leading, 2nd generation 14nm FinFET process technology that delivers the highest level of performance and power efficiency” said Charlie Bae, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, System LSI Business, Samsung Electronics. “Samsung will continue to offer derivative processes of its advanced 14nm FinFET technology to maintain our technology leadership.”
Consumers can expect the first devices to be powered by the new SoC sometime during the first half of this year, with Samsung's Galaxy S7 series and even Xiaomi's Mi 5 being the first flagships to launch with the new processor.
Samsung will be responsible for manufacturing Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 SoC.