Rumor: Samsung is bringing in more engineers to optimize the Snapdragon 820 for the Galaxy S7


A couple of weeks ago, a report from the South Korean media claimed that Samsung is considering the launch of two separate Galaxy S7 versions, one that will be based on Samsung's successor to the Exynos 7420, and one that will rock the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. According to a new rumor, Samsung has expanded the team of engineers that are working on optimizing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset for use on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7.

One new detail that was brought forward today by the source is that Samsung is the first manufacturer that gets access to Snapdragon 820 testing samples. Now, such a development would seem to indicate that Samsung has secured orders for manufacturing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 on its 14nm FinFET technology, as was previously rumored. However, this is some reading between the lines on our part, and not info coming from the source of this rumor.

After dropping the ball with the Snapdragon 810, a chip that was plagued by poor thermal performance, Qualcomm has a lot riding on the Snapdragon 820. Although the chipmaker has yet to announce all of the hardware details, Qualcomm has already revealed that its upcoming high-end chip will come with a custom CPU architecture, an Adreno 530 GPU that's said to be 40% faster than the Adreno 430 inside the Snapdragon 810, a new DSP chip, as well as built-in malware protection.

Unfortunately, we can't verify the validity of this rumor, so make sure to digest this info with a hefty dose of the proverbial grain of salt.

FEATURED VIDEO

63 Comments

1. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Wonder if the SD be the one they sell in USA?

3. TerryTerius unregistered

It's likely that will be the case. Especially considering that's the way Samsung always did it in the past.

46. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

They should release the Exynos version in the US as well. Seeing how well the 7420 does on S6 and Note 5 vs SD 810 devices, I'd like to see more Exynos SoC's used in the future.

66. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Exynos is good but what about other manufacturers? they have to use qual com. We are hearing about sd820 from a long time and it is no where to be seen. We are still getting all the devices with sd810. I like xperia Z5 and lg g4 but I am not able to purchase any phone in 2015. 2015 is the year for the first time in last 5 years in which I didnt purchased a new phone.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

We already have the S-Pengate. Going back to snapdragon is going to be a terrible choice.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, we don't. But keep getting trying to sell it. It's summer hiatus for the network comedies, and you give me something to laugh at.

28. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

100% sd820 we be designed for the s7 and Samsung needs or they out of business

43. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

That sounded really stupid.

53. engineer-1701d unregistered

English is not as first language but he got the point across what he meant to say was the Snapdragon has to have Samsung on board because of the last year with the S six they said it was a problem and they did not want to use it what happened every manufacturer on the planet pretty much dumped them except for the few that couldn't and all the problems came out even with optimized need to keep the thermal down

57. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

#gate is an Apple patent and can only be used on Apple devices. You are gonna get sued by Apple using theirs patent on others brands.

9. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Yeah If You Buy Though Our Carriers It Will Most Likely Be The Sd Version. But You Can Always Buy The International Version If You Want Exynos And Don't Mind Paying Full Price Up Front. If You Pay Full Price Though Your Carrier Anyway To Avoid Renewing Your Contract Like I Do Then You Should Just Wait For Reviews To Tell Which Is Best Before You Buy.

13. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You know, you really only need to capitalize the first word in the sentence, or proper names.

16. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Yeah I Know :)

40. Cicero

Posts: 1129; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

No, you don't.

41. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

No, You don't* Oooooo Got Em.

26. ViewFromTheTop

Posts: 28; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

While we're trying to learn grammar, what are improper names btw? You meant proper nouns. I hope. :-P

36. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

He Said Proper Names Not Improper, He Said That Cause You're Suppose To Capitalize The First And Last Letter In A Person's Name. He Just Worded It Weird Is All.

39. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

First And Last Names In A Person's Name* LOL I Messed Up.

56. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

You must write code for a living. The only people that I know that capitalize every word write code for a living.

61. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Some people i know EvenWriteSomethingWeirderLikeThisOne, and yes he is a coder

60. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

What about changing your name to "Arch Angel" so it can go well with your Typing Style

63. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I Would But You Can't Change Your Name.

42. kimmot56

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

Sd in USA and exynos for the rest of the world

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I am happy to hear that they're going to implement this the right way. It's still disheartening that we won't be seeing the Exynos M1 chipset. Supposedly, it's supposed to have a more powerful custom CPU and better GPU than what's in the Snapdragon 820. Hopefully they debut it in the Note 6.

23. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Where did you hear that? Source please

32. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

The Exynos Mongoose M1 is 50% more powerful than the Exynos 7420 which is around 40% more powerful than S810. Atleast CPU wise not sure about GPU. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Next-gen-chipsets-get-benchmarked-list-includes-NVIDIA-Denver-2-Apple-A9-and-A9X-Kirin-950-and-more_id72763 http://wccftech.com/mongoose-soc-from-samsung-shows-dominating-benchmark-results/

44. Techielover

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

All those benchmarks are fake.The chances that all of them were leak together is slim to none.

34. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Therefore the Exynos M1 is around 60% faster than the S810 and 20% faster than the S820, cpu wise.

5. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Better optimize the hell out of it.. no more handwarmers. Qualcomm needs to own up when its chips are overheating and not lie about it.

6. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

As Long As It Works I Don't Have A Problem But I Am Loving The Exynos Tho.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.