Samsung may equip the Galaxy S7 with a top-shelf ESS audio chip

Samsung may equip the Galaxy S7 with a top-shelf ESS audio chip
The Galaxy S7 is shaping up to be a monster of a handset, if all the recent tips and leaks are to be believed. The reason we are getting so much info that early in the game is that Samsung's next flagship could be announced as soon as January, as the company has reportedly shortened the development cycle through some new project management techniques.

We already heard that the Galaxy S7 may come with a magnesium frame and glass front and back, which would be a design close to the current iteration. Three processor versions - Exynos 8890, 7422, and Snapdragon 820 - are also bandied about, depending on the region, as is a 20 MP ISOCELL camera, and a USB Type-C connector. All pretty believable specs for 2016, too. Where things get somewhat murky are the rumored premium versions and subversions, as both 5.2" and 5.7" screens have been tipped, up to 4K resolutions, and a curved screen is thrown into the mix from the rumor mill for a good measure.

The latest on the Galaxy S7 now, is that the phone will come equipped with a top-shelf digital-to-analog converter (DAC), hinting that Samsung might place a bigger emphasize on audio and music with the handset. The DAC in question is said to be one other than the ESS SABRE 9018AQ2M - one of the most potent audio chips for mobile applications, while the brand is found in some "Hi-fi" phones from makers such as Meizu or Vivo.

Samsung is no stranger to high quality audio chips in its phones, as it's been using Wolfson DACs for a while now, so it's not clear what real difference an ESS-equipped Galaxy S7 would make in the audio capabilities of its phones. Perhaps the rumors that it might partner with Jay-Z's Tidal music service, which prides itself in streaming lossless high-fidelity tunes, may have some merit, after all. For those interested, check out the SABRE 9018AQ2M specs below.

Samsung may equip the Galaxy S7 with a top-shelf ESS audio chip

source: ESS & MyDrivers (translated)

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59 Comments

1. TyrionLannister unregistered

DAC is Digital to Analog Converter, not Converted. Correct it PA.

10. Acer_Predator unregistered

Omh vivo X series has this chip like two years ago?

14. TyrionLannister unregistered

vivo X series has ESS series chips for two years, but I don't think it has this exact model number as it's a new chip. It's like saying that brand X is using Snapdragon SoCs for 2 years now. So I will not appreciate brand Y using SD 820 now as they're all the same. That's not how it works. Besides, the Exynos models of galaxy S and Note series have been using Wolfson DACs for years. So it's just changing the manufacturer, not anything new.

21. Acer_Predator unregistered

Please there is only one and varies only in which year been manufactured but features are same.. Vivo x5max has ES9018K2M DAC Sabre 9601 OPA 1612 And main best chip is from Yamaha which delivers best sound quality YSS-205X

58. cheetah2k

Posts: 2140; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

LOL please, the vivo x5max is a 5hit phone that plays good music... Next!

28. Ashoaib

Posts: 3243; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

sound quality of vivo and samsung are like sky and earth... there is a huge difference... samsung is not comparable with the high quality of vivo... it is like insulting vivo

36. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Wow seriously? Don't you dare to compare an unfamiliar brand to Samsung. It's such an embarrassing mistake, to be honest.

37. Acer_Predator unregistered

No it is just you lazy human who do not care get to know the other world than just your .. with boring tacky iphones right .. samsung is good but I would never ever go back it to use horrible touchwiz ..

38. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

There it is... Maybe he knows better about Vivo than you. And maybe, he has had experience with both! And if that chip Samsung is ABOUT to implement has already been used in Vivo, that explains everything. Sure, software optimizations are required but hell, a dedicated DAC does 75% of the job if not 80%. Don't underestimate a brand cause you're not familiar with it.

40. Ashoaib

Posts: 3243; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

absolutely! I have Vivo Xplay 3S and I converted to vivo from Note 4... Note 4 has wolfson DAC and Note 4 is no match with Xplay 3S in audio... Note 4 is a kid in audio vs xplay 3s

41. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

It's fine to say both phones are on par with each other (if that Vivo is good enough). But his statement: "sound quality of vivo and samsung are like sky and earth" is obviously a baseless, trolling comment. Currently, the Galaxy S and Note families are seen as one of the best smartphones with best sound quality. And I will appreciate it if he (or you) provides me articles proved that Vivo has much better sound quality than Samsung like he suggested. I'll be waiting.

45. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Such articles will not exist. Cause no one would like to compare something as such, except for us few here at the moment. I don't have facts based on it and what I wanted to explain is already there up on the comment. Sky and earth might be a little over the moon...if you know what I mean. But, you never know...the hardware issued was already used by Vivo, so it always has the chance of a better audio output. PS, Ashoaib up there on comment 40 has some experience.

50. Ashoaib

Posts: 3243; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

well, your comment is trolling because you didnt use both the devices side by side, but started running your mouth without any knowledge... if you do then you'll see, there is a huge difference... galaxy s familay has just a normal sound quality, nothing exceptional. You dont have any experience of mobile phone sound quality, so according to your reality, galaxy has the best. Because this is what your knowledge tells you

56. ph00ny

Posts: 1976; Member since: May 26, 2011

someone who acts as if vivo is such an audiophile device. Can it drive my regular sized headphones without an issue? I've been carrying around my headphone amp and use USB DAC/amp even on my desktop

57. ph00ny

Posts: 1976; Member since: May 26, 2011

Also vivo xplay 3s only come with 32GB max storage? So much for that audiophile device with such high audio qualities. I guess we can listen to so "many" lossless audio from the device.... not

59. cheetah2k

Posts: 2140; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Vivo 3S has average specs... meh

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

"Customisable Output Configuration" does that mean it can project a 5.1 channel sound? Change the looks of the flagship somehow and I'll have something to think about.

16. TyrionLannister unregistered

I think almost any phone can project dolby 5.1 sound if connected to a compatible speaker and if it plays a 5.1 channel sound file. 5.1 sound makes no sense on a phone as phones usually have 1 or 2 speakers.

20. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Well, there's no point with 5.1 channels within the phone but it will be useful to have a 5.1 channel if one would like to connect it to a home theater or sorts. Are you sure about phones projecting 5.1 channels? Cause I thought all max out at 2.1.

53. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

950xl via the Continuum doc can do HDMI surround sound.

23. Acer_Predator unregistered

Man he didn't think on phone speaker but when u streaming to tv which is connected to av receiver And 5.1 is reached and made from 2 basic channels left n right

22. Acer_Predator unregistered

@Nathan Jesus u overreacting now .. 5.1 sound ? There would have to be DSP chip and DAC plus in headphone.jack would have to be SPDIF so red led for optical digital output..

30. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Haha... Look who's overreacting now! Come on, I just said that cause I read "Customisable Output Configuration" on the list. At which I thought one might be able to switch between a 5.1 and a 2.1 depending on the amplifiers or speakers ready for output. I recently bought a 2.1 speaker although I wanted to get a 5.1. I listen to music through my phone most of the time and have thought about the perks of a having 2.1 over 5.1 or 5.1 over 2.1... So, you know... Just a thought in my mind.

31. Acer_Predator unregistered

Heh we are crazy in audio .. But one thing you have to realize that 5.1 audio surround sound is not designed for music but just for films.. And mainly for FX sounds and voices .. For great music listening is setup with one pair of 4 phase pillar speakers e.g. yamaha or tannoy or denon With audio cd quality or LP (vynil) media

39. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Yeah, I know 2.1 is best for music... I just keep thinking what if music can be played with a true 5.1 channel surround sound.

42. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Wow I won't need a

43. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

To flash viper4android anymore :D

46. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Premature ejaculation? BD

2. lozanro

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

"such as Meizu or Vivo" as if these two are more representative than LG (V10) and Xiaomi (Mi Note/Pro).

3. Chuck007

Posts: 1409; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Damn... hope all the rumours are true. Really looking forward to the GS7.

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