Samsung Galaxy S9 could use both 8nm in-house chips and 7nm Qualcomm ones

Samsung is "highly likely" to employ both its in-house 8nm chipsets and 7nm Qualcomm platforms for next year's Galaxy S9 models, according to a new report. 

At a first glance, this might not be too surprising. The two firms cooperate in producing the Snapdragon 835, and Samsung uses the chipset in the US version of the Galaxy S8. However, those of you who actively follow the developments around the Korean tech giant will know that there's talk of a "divorce" between the two companies. Apparently, Qualcomm will drop Samsung as its 7nm manufacturing partner and rely on TSMC instead. 

Okay, but why would Samsung produce chips on an 8nm process when a supposedly more efficient technique is available for next year and why would it buy from Qualcomm? Well, another story that emerged today reveals that Sammie will significantly reduce investment in its 7nm production line in order to double down on producing 6nm processors for 2019.

Basically, this move will put Samsung at a slight disadvantage for a year as it would have to buy the TSMC-made Qualcomm chipsets for its flagships. However, in two years' time, the company should have the edge over its Taiwanese foundry rival.

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  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)



1. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

And still would be one of the slowest and least efficient phones in the world.

6. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Samsung has you hurt since you pop up in every article about them.... You seem like a derpy person who would go around a challenge people to app opening races

7. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

The guy is obsessed with Samsung and spends every waking moment commenting on the company. Everyone here can knows it.

8. M.O.A.B

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

and here the butthurt shows again

10. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Least efficient phones in the world? Lol, is it April fools? Go check Huawei efficiency, you have no idea what you're talking about. Also Samsung phones aren't slow, it's just their UI that is slow I admit it, when you're in an app/game it's not slow.

2. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Why cant samsung ditch snapdragon socs , and use intel modems in exynos ( for lowsuits ) and selling it OEMs We dont want snapdragon crap in every flagship

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Intel modems are slower than Qualcomms. That is 100% a fact. Even Intel modems for the iPhone 7 only supported cat 9 LTE. Whereas the Qualcomm modems supported cat 11 LTE, but Apple had to reduce the speed of Qualcomms modems to match Intel modems. All facts for you.

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I think it's more about Intel's modems being less efficient than Qualcomm's. LTE Cat. 9 speeds are barely provided in the vast majority of countries, so Intel modems not supporting Cat. 11 LTE isn't it's major downside.

4. sachouba

Posts: 266; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Actually, Samsung could use their own in-house modems for their Exynos processors. That's what they already do in some of them.

9. Guaire

Posts: 885; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

There is no 8nm next year for Samsung. Global Foundries' 7nm is a few months behind TSMC, Samsung's 8nm is a year behind 7nm TSMC and they are more than a year behind at 7nm. They didn't tape out 8nm yet, let alone beginning the risk production of it. Exynos probably will stick with Samsung foundry's second gen 10nm. Also exactly when high volume production of 6nm scheduled in 2019 is also important. If not in first half they still will miss Qualcomm's 2019 flagship chips and their own Exynos chips.

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

no, they'll use 10nm next year.. they'll use the same fab size for 2 years, just like the always did.. 2013 - E5410 / SD600 - 28nm 2014 - E5422 / SD805 - 28nm 2015 - E7420 14nm 2016 - E8890 / SD820 - 14nm 2017 - E8895 / SD835 - 10nm

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