Galaxy S10 may sport a 5G modem, as Qualcomm teams with Samsung on 7nm Snapdragon 855

Galaxy S10 may sport a 5G modem, as Qualcomm teams with Samsung on 7nm Snapdragon 855
Korean media was on to something yesterday, when it reported that Samsung will break ground on a new foundry this week, dedicated exclusively to 7nm chips, and, lo and behold, Samsung just came out with a press release confirming it, and throwing Qualcomm into the 7nm mix, too.

Last week, Qualcomm announced the world's first 7nm chipset, its next-gen X24 wireless modem that will be capable of pre-5G 2Gbps download speeds. At the time, we were a bit miffed where will the SoC giant cast this thing, provided there were rumors it has turned to TSMC for the next generation Snapdragon processors like the eventual 855 that will be in the Galaxy S10 next year.

It turns out, however, that Qualcomm is still betting on Samsung, as its EUV lithography is much more advanced than the end-of-life optical one that TSMC will use for Apple's eventual 7nm A12 chipset in this year's iPhones. Thus, the press release about Samsung's new S3 factory says that it will be the go-to foundry for Qualcomm's 5G Snapdragon chipsets that will be soldered en masse early next year. 

This can only mean that the first 855 client might very well be Samsung with the S10 puppy. As per RK Chunduru, SVP of Qualcomm's supply chain and procurement:

As to what will be the advantages of the 7nm LPP EUV process before the current 10nm LPP that is used for Snapdragon 845 and Exynos 9810 in Galaxy S9? Well, how about "up to a 40 percent increase in area efficiency with 10 percent higher performance, or up to 35 percent lower power consumption," take your pick.

source: Samsung



1. Madmax

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

Let the S9 and note9 release first.. then start dreaming about the s10..smh!typical phone arena

2. someguy2261

Posts: 261; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

Nice im exited

3. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Why are we talking about the S10 when the S9 isn't even out yet? There is a time and place for everything, and this definitely doesn't feel like the time and place for the S10. It's so far in the future.

4. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

Because companies do plan their products years ahead!

6. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

So you're saying that not only Apple plans years aheard? Oh wow. I saw an article on Phonearena that said Apple planned years ahead, so i assumed that it was only Apple that did that or they wouldn't possibly have written an article like that if it was the same for every single company in the world, right?!

5. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Seems that I will wait for S10 and note 10 no need to jump to S9.

7. Sparkxster

Posts: 1247; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I'm with you on that. If you have a s8, s8+ I would wait for the S10 and S10+. Will have to see what the note 9 brings this fall.

10. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

I have the note 8 since the note 9 has the same specs as S9 better wait for the new 7nm chipset.

8. fyah_king unregistered

Any news on the galaxy S11?

9. SammyFanBOY

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 29, 2018

hahaha was about to write the same thing! You beat me to it.

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