Qualcomm is the biggest chipset manufacturer in the world and Samsung was its second largest customer, but the South Korean company has decided to focus on its own line of processors and modems. In 2015, Qualcomm was expecting to have a 9 percent growth in revenues, but in reality, the full-year sales fell from $28.8 billion to $25.3 billion. One of the reasons might be the overheating issue which was brought along with the Snapdragon 810 chipset. Many mobile phone manufacturers didn’t want to be criticized by their fans and preferred by equip their flagships with alternative processors. And Samsung has worked on its most powerful processor, the Exynos 8 Octa 8890, which was introduced on the Galaxy S6, but the manufacturer continued to use it on the next flagships, such as Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and Note 5.
First of all, by using its own silicon, Samsung cuts manufacturing costs and can expand its chipmaking business, by selling its processors and modems to other companies who want an alternative to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon. Currently, according to IDC, Samsung is doing very well, as it controls around 24 percent of the global smartphone market, but the company isn’t limiting its business to making only chipsets and modems. Samsung’s plan is to produce application processors for other company’s next-generation smartphones, such as Apple’s A9 chips.
Samsung’s profit rose eight percent in the last quarter and we are pretty sure that in the near future, other OEMs such as Meizu, will consider using Exynos processors to power their flagships.
Qualcomm’s so last minute with the touch-up for its next processor, Snapdragon 820, which is expected to be at least 30 percent faster than the 810 model and which will contain Kryo cores which will be paired with the Adreno 530 GPU and X12 LTE modem. According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 820 processor has secured over 60 design wins, but most likely, Samsung won’t be convinced to use it on its next Galaxy S7 flagships.
The upcoming Exynos 8 Octa is said to be 30 percent faster than its predecessor, as well, and will be 10 percent more efficient. It will be paired with ARM’s new Mali-T880MP12 and a new proprietary LTE modem. However, in early GeekBench 3 benchmarks, the results have shown that Apple’s A9 outperformed both the Snapdragon 820 and eight-core Exynos 8 Octa.