Smartphone manufacturers and enthusiasts alike are looking forward to the release of Qualcomm’s upcoming top-tier SoC – the Snapdragon 820 – perhaps more so than with other, previously launched Snapdragon chipsets. The 820 is said to adopt a new architecture and ditch ARM’s Cortex cores, and it is obviously expected to power up some of the most iconic smartphones of 2015.
Speaking of iconic smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S7 (probably codenamed Jungfrau) is one of the candidates. Earlier rumors hinted that the tech giant is testing both the Snapdragon 820 and a new Exynos SoC (probably the rumored Exynos M1) for its upcoming S in the series, and today these rumors have been “reconfirmed” by “industry insiders” cited by the Korean media. Details below.
Snapdragon 820 Tested in Samsung’s Labs?
The Snapdragon 820 is apparently undergoing intensive testing in Samsung’s facilities, as the manufacturer is trying to determine whether it should use the Snapdragon 820 to power up the Galaxy S7, or stick with the current formula revolving solely around its in-house Exynos chipsets.
Additionally, the same source says that the Snapdragon 820 is tested very thoroughly in order to ensure that the issues experienced by the Snapdragon 810 will not make a comeback. If the SD 810 fiasco somehow went under your radar, the gist of it is that the SD 810 – or at least the earlier batches prior to revisions – was suffering from overheating and severe throttling. This is, in fact, one of the main reasons why there is no such thing as a Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S6, and also why the LG G4 employed a Snapdragon 808 instead.
As for what the Snapdragon 820 itself has to offer, earlier rumors had it that the SoC will accommodate eight Kryo custom cores as opposed to a Cortex-based architecture. However, other reports hinted that the SoC might employ four “Hydra” cores, an Adreno 530 graphics chip and that it will be built on a 14nm FinFET process, not unlike the Exynos 7420. Qualcomm recently confirmed several details regarding the Snapdragon 820, but there are a lot of things still being kept under wraps.
Since Samsung itself doesn’t seem to have made up its mind regarding the choice of CPUs for the Galaxy S7, we obviously can’t say for sure what configuration will be used by the aforementioned device. But as always, stick around and we’ll keep you in the loop as soon as we find out more.