SAMSUNG IS REPORTEDLY HOARDING the first batch of Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chips, leaving rivals with last year's Snapdragon 821.
So says a report at Forbes, which has heard from "industry insiders in Asia" that the Snapdragon 835 won't be available in large quantities until after the Galaxy S8 launches on 14 April, with Samsung giving itself "first dibs" on the 10nm chip.
This means that rival manufacturers will be forced to use Qualcomm's now-ageing Snapdragon 821 chip in their upcoming flagship devices. For example, the LG G6, set to launch at Mobile World Congress at the end of February, will be powered by last year's processor, much like the newly-launched HTC U Ultra.
This is a shady move on Samsung's part, but it's not all that surprising given that Qualcomm has roped in the firm to manufacturer Snapdragon 835 processors.
While it remains to be seen how performance will differ between the Snapdragon 821 and 835, Qualcomm claims that it's incoming chip will offer a 30 per cent increase in area efficiency yielding 27 per cent better performance, along with and a 40 per cent lower power consumption than the Snapdragon 821 before it.
Using 10nm FinFET, the Snapdragon 835 processor will also have a smaller chip footprint, giving OEMs more usable space inside upcoming products to support larger batteries or slimmer designs.
Other new features include support for Quick Charge 4.0, which Qualcomm claims offers 20 per cent faster charging than its last-gem tech, and compliance with Google's new USB-C charging specifications.
News of Samsung stockpiling Snapdragon 835 chips also suggests that the firm might not use its own Exynos processor for international versions of the Galaxy S8. µ
Tabs to more Ctrl and less Win. Such Fn.
Either that or it's a really intense holiday