Samsung today announced it has started mass production of its second-generation chips based on 14nm fabrication process. Samsung also announced it has struck a deal with Qualcomm to manufacture its flagship Snapdragon 820 processors, which will power this year’s flagship smartphones including Samsung’s own Galaxy S7 range of smartphones. Samsung s own Exynos 8 Octa-core processor will also use the same manufacturing process. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy A22 5G India launch nearing as support page goes liveAlso Read - Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go powered by Intel Jasper Lake Celeron processor revealed
The news comes after last year s debacle around the Snapdragon 810 processor, which was plagued with performance and heating issues. It was due to this reason that Samsung moved away from Qualcomm chips in 2015 for its last year’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 devices and used its Exynos processors instead. Also Read - Samsung Odyssey G3, Odyssey G5, Odyssey G7 gaming monitors launched: Details here
This is not the first time Samsung will be manufacturing chipsets for its rivals. Samsung has been Apple s long-term partner in manufacturing Apple’s A-series chips that power iPhones and iPads. Samsung also mentioned that the 14-nm technology cuts power consumption by up to 15 percent while increasing the processor speed by up to 15 percent.
Qualcomm s Snapdragon 820 marks a major departure from the previous generation of mobile chipsets. It features a custom-designed 2.2GHz quad-core Kryo processor paired with a powerful and energy efficient Adreno 530 GPU. Other features include LTE Cat.12 and tri-band Wi-Fi connectivity, and Quick Charge 3.0.
Snapdragon 820 also adds support for display resolutions up to 4K and camera resolution up to 25-megapixels. That s not all; with the new SenseID sensor, Snapdragon 820 can take full advantage of ultrasonics to accurately scan the fingerprint. At CES 2016 earlier this month, Qualcomm announced Letv would be the first brand to launch a smartphone running on Snapdragon 820.