Half of the Galaxy S7 units may come with Snapdragon 820, as Samsung strives for Exynos 8890 yield

Half of the Galaxy S7 units may come with Snapdragon 820, as Samsung strives for Exynos 8890 yield
By now we've already heard from several sources that Samsung will be utilizing both its upcoming Exynos 8890 chipset, as well as Qualcomm's fastest Snapdragon 820 silicon in the future Galaxy S7. The company's engineers were even reportedly helping Qualcomm with the next-gen 14nm production and fine-tuning of the 820, specifically tailoring it for the Galaxy S7.

Well, that's a no-brainer, given that Qualcomm will be producing its monster chipset in Samsung's foundries, but until now we were in the dark roughly how many Exynos-equipped Galaxy S7 units will leave the conveyor belt, and how many Snapdragon 820-laden handsets. Today's report in Korean media states that, unlike what it did with the Galaxy S6, which runs exclusively on Exynos, Samsung is planning to utilize Snapdragon 820 in about half of its future Galaxy S7 units, so the ratio with Exynos 8890 could reach 1:1. 

Previously we heard that the Snapdragon 820 chipset will be placed in Galaxy S7 versions destined for the US, for instance, as Qualcomm has unmatched integrated LTE modem that can attune perfectly to the various US carrier 4G networks. Interestingly enough, however, the source reconfirms that Exynos 8890 will also come as a compete system-on-a-chip (SoC) package, introducing Samsung's own LTE modem able to achieve Cat. 12 600Mbps download speeds, just like Snapdragon 820

However, there might be an issue with getting enough yield for this new Exynos SoC, suggested the insiders, and that is why Samsung is trying to ensure a good supply balance for the Galaxy S7, hedging its bets with both excellent chipsets.

source: Hankooki.com (translated) via G4Games

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31 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

The king of quadcore, the ruler of system benchmarks, the 6th man of all OEMs is here!

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Got a reputation for yourself now?

7. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Everybody knows and I feel left out :(

9. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

^ every OEM that used the 810 LOL

6. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

10. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Uh oh...a fire type pokemon has appeared

11. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Interesting that qualcomm is coming back to quad core. But i remember that 2 years ago,they said octa core is useless.... It got same spec CPU part as my SD 800 :D :D my Z1 Compact is happy

12. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

*Ever since I left the city you

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Screw the S820. Give the people what they want and that's the Exynos!

14. usermaxthon

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 20, 2015

Most people don't care about what processor is inside the phone. They just want a phone that works great. Samsung would not put snapdragon processor if snapdragon processor has problem. If possible, try to limit your Hyper Samsung fanboyism.

22. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

First I'm an Apple fanboy now a Samsung fanboy. I can never win with the users on this site lmao.

25. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

That's the logic of people here, I remember someone calling me an SheepDroid just because we disagreed on an idea, he doesn't even know what devices I use lol. That someone is the same idiot who says nobody makes money with android.

19. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Yes, the hundred million people who snapped up the Galaxy S3, S4, S5, Note 3, and Note 4 were so disappointed in the Snapdragon inside, they... oh, wait. They didn't care.

31. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I wouldn't mind the SD ( I would prefer the Exynos) as long as battery life is on par with the M1. I currently get ~5hrs45mins SOT on my S5 so I reckon the days of 7hr SOT could be upon us.

4. Bondurant

Posts: 758; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

so performance of 8890 wont be too different from 820.

8. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

They'll probably cap the performance to match that of the sd820.

13. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Wonder what samsung is cooking *_*

15. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Exynos vs Snapdragon performance was pretty lopsided before but if those benchmarks are true, the Exynos destroys the SD820. What a waste of all that power if they have to cater to the lowest common denominator.

16. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Just a honest question. ...what are the official benchmarks for the 820....and i ask official

18. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Neither has official benchmarks until a handset actually is released and that won't be for awhile. I think Xiaomi will be the first. Maybe early January if we are lucky.

20. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

It's always funny watching fanboys rage "x is so much better than y" when there aren't any facts it yet.

17. flavius22

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

Im selling phone accessories in a busy mall in Dublin Ireland for one year now and what i can tell you half people think the model of their phone is Galaxy. I think like 60 percent of them think their s6 is free. Why would these peple care if its a 620 or its exynos inside? I think like 50 percent of the people dont even know there is a processor inside.

21. Fire5

Posts: 314; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Sammy should use only SOC exynos as all Chinese SD 820 smartphone will use it and then where competition is SOC ??

23. combatmedic870

Posts: 982; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

It looks like qualcomm has supported h265 video coding for some time(800/801). Why in the hell aren't we using it!?!? It would really cut down on the space video takes up! If they would have been using it since the 800, we would have support for it in alot more video editors by now! Atleast give us an option to use the H265 coding in these new phones!

28. combatmedic870

Posts: 982; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

I was incorrect. Only the 810+

24. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

It probably makes sense to divide it up by market. Otherwise you'll end up with the same issue Apple did, where people are wondering which chip they got, even though the difference in most uses is

26. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

"Qualcomm has unmatched integrated ***CDMA*** modem that can attune perfectly to the various US carrier 2G/3G networks." There, fixed it for you.

29. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Maybe they use both chips. Then down load a app to see which one you got. Do you feel lucky?

30. droiduh

Posts: 91; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

Am I the only one who is more interested in Project Valley (foldable phone)?

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