SAMSUNG IS 'OPTIMISING' the Snapdragon 820 chip in preparation for the upcoming Galaxy S7 smartphone, rumours have claimed.
We assume this means that the firm is testing and improving the chip in case it has the same overheating problems as its troublesome sibling, the Snapdragon 810.
This is according to a report by Business Korea, which said that Samsung is making every effort to ensure that there are no problems with the Snapdragon 820 chipset, a processor about which Samsung is clearly concerned.
Citing sources familiar with the matter, the report said that Samsung will release a version of the Galaxy S7 with the optimised 820 chip alongside its own next-generation Exynos 8890 AP using the firm's first custom core, codenamed M1, which will be produced in the Giheung plant from December and released in the first quarter next year.
It could be that Samsung will offer these processor variations for the S7 smartphone depending on the target market.
The Snapdragon 820 hasn't been officially unveiled yet, but Qualcomm has revealed several details about the processor. It will include Kryo, the company's first custom-designed 64-bit quad-core CPU, an Adreno 530 GPU and a Hexagon 680 DSP.
The chip will work on the principle of heterogeneous computing, which allows the CPU, GPU and DSP to share cores. This means that when streaming a film, for example, which involves rendering and very little else, all the runtime can go towards the quality of the picture. This is controlled by Symphony, the chip's new management tool that controls the prioritisation and configuration of the various elements of the CPU.
The Snapdragon 820 promises twice the power efficiency and performance of the 810, despite running at 'only' 2.2GHz - not a huge leap over its predecessor's 1.8GHz.
The Galaxy S7 is likely to appear at next year's Mobile World Congress towards the end of February, although some rumours claim it will be unveiled in January. A report said that Samsung will follow in the footsteps of Apple and release the Galaxy S7 in two sizes - 5.2in and 5.8in - but it's unclear whether these screens will offer the same QHD resolution as the Galaxy S6, or whether the firm will follow the Xperia Z5 and kit out the handsets with 4K displays.
These screens will reportedly come with technology similar to the 3D Touch seen on the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. µ
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