SAMSUNG HAS REPORTEDLY been roped in by Qualcomm to build the firm's next-generation 10nm Snapdragon 820 chips.
A report at ET News, which has heard from unnamed sources, said that Samsung is going to manufacture Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 830 processor on its 10nm process.
Unsurprisingly, the report added that one of the Snapdragon 830's first destinations will be the Samsung Galaxy S8. Models destined for the US are tipped to include the next-gen Qualcomm CPU, while international models will use Samsung’s Exynos 8895 processor.
Samsung's next Exynos processor will also be built on the 10nm process, according to the report.
ET News said that Samsung and Qualcomm are working together to develop Fan-out Panel Level Package technology for next year's Snapdragon and Exynos chipsets.
This should, in theory, bring down manufacturing costs while allowing for a thinner package with more input and output ports.
Samsung and Qualcomm have yet to comment on the report.
Beyond what ET News' sources have to offer, we don't know much about Qualcomm's next-gen Snapdragon 830 chips.
However, there's talk that the successor to the Snapdragon 821, which powers Google's new Pixel phones, will contain sizeable improvements in performance and power consumption thanks to the 10nm manufacturing process, along with support for a whopping 8GB of RAM.
The Exynos 8895 will reportedly use the Mali G71 GPU, while the Snapdragon 830 will be upgraded to the Adreno 540 GPU.
We already know a fair bit about the Galaxy S8, the first smartphone that these two processors will apparently power.
Rumour has it that the next Samsung handset will have a 4K Edge display, a dual camera set-up similar to those on the iPhone 7 Plus and Huawei P9, and Google's Android Nougat operating system.
The phone is likely to debut at next year's Mobile World Congress. µ
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