Samsung is using its own Exynos chipsets instead of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 in its new upcoming flagship smartphone Galaxy S6. It seems this decision of Samsung’s is not because of so-called overheating issues with Qualcomm’s latest SoC as alleged by the TSMC foundry, but is actually because the Korean company wants to take on the world famous chip maker with its 14nm technology.
According to the Korean media, industry sources say that both Snapdragon 810 and Exynos 7420 chipsets are already being incorporated in various new flagships. Samsung is using Exynos in its Galaxy S6 while Snapdragon 810 is being used in LG G Flex 2 and Xiaomi Mi Note. After some earlier mishaps with overheating of Samsung’s Exynos 5 series, Samsung began to use more of Qualcomm chipsets but now it is back with Exynos 7420 that will go into the Galaxy S6.
Samsung will be using the superior 14nm technology for manufacturing the Exynos 7420, while Qualcomm is still using the old 20nm process for its Snapdragon 810 and is moving on the 14nm process only this year. 14nm technology means smaller footprint, superior performance and lower power consumption which takes Samsung a step ahead of Qualcomm.
Qualcomm has of course announced that the heating problem with its Snapdragon 810 has been solved. Snapdragon SoCs are famous for their multi-band LTE modems, but Samsung has now developed its own LTE Cat. 9 radio which will actually be built on 20nm, while Qualcomm’s LTE radio is on 28nm. While Snapdragon 810 allows 4K encoding-decoding and streaming, it is not known what Exynos is capable of, but knowing Samsung, we needn’t be too worried.