KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung has reportedly bagged exclusivity on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chip until April, adding further weight to the rumours that it will feature inside the Galaxy S7.
A report from China said that Samsung has signed a deal with Qualcomm that will give it exclusive rights to the firm's next-gen chip until April next year.
If true, this means that, for the first three months of 2016, no other manufacturer will be able to launch a device sporting the next-gen SoC, while Samsung is widely expected to launch the Snapdragon 820-equipped Galaxy S7 at Mobile World Congress at the end of February.
Samsung hasn't yet responded to our request for comment, but these latest rumours follow reports that the firm has been optimising Qualcomm's latest chip ahead of the upcoming launch to ensure it doesn't suffer the same overheating problems as the Snapdragon 810 before it.
Qualcomm has been quick to debunk talk of potential overheating, though, saying in a statement: "The rumours circulating in the media regarding Snapdragon 820 performance are false. The Snapdragon 820 improves on all IP blocks and is fabricated in the second generation of the 14nm process technology.
"It is meeting all of our specifications, but more importantly, it is satisfying the thermal and performance specifications from our OEMs."
Alongside the Snapdragon-packing Galaxy S7, Samsung is also reportedly planning to launch a version that features its own Exynos 8890 processor.
We don't yet know what is likely to feature inside Samsung's next smartphone, but a report in The Wall Street Journal earlier this week claimed that the Galaxy S7 will launch with a pressure-sensitive display, offering similar functionality to the 3D Touch technology that debuted on the iPhone 6S earlier this year.
The same report also said that the smartphone looks set to arrive with a USB Type-C port, retina scanning functionality and a microSD slot, unlike the Galaxy S6. µ
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