It seems like only a month or two ago that Samsung launched the Galaxy S6 in Australia, but really, it was almost six months ago now. Having developed a trend of annual device releases, the speculation is beginning early this year with what’s going to be in Samsung’s next; dubbed now (safely enough) the Galaxy S7.
There have been stories circulating about various potential leaks already, though it’s too early for any of them to be given much weight. However, ET News are reporting that there will be two separate processor options on the next Samsung flagship, and the options you’ll get are dependant on the market you’re in.
For US and Chinese markets, the Galaxy S6 will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820. For everyone else, which looks like it will include Europe and Australia, we’ll be left with Samsung’s in-house Exynos processor.
This isn’t all bad news; the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge this year featured Exynos chipsets, and their performance has been widely praised (by us, too). Samsung have come ahead in leaps and bounds with their chipset capabilities, to the point that Qualcomm was reportedly considering manufacturing its Snapdragon chips in Samsung factories.
Hopefully the heat issues that have caused issues with some of Qualcomm’s more recent Snapdragon processors won’t plague the next generation, including the Snapdragon 820, which we should start seeing in phones from early next year.
Would you be disappointed with an Exynos processor vs the Snapdragon alternative in US and China?
I wonder if the S7 will have an SD card slot, i doubt it
What would make Samsung use two different processors? I imagine models with the Snapdragon would have a lot more scope for custom ROMs. It will be interesting to see which processor performs best.
That might be the point, Samsung don’t want us to use custom rooms, they want us to use touching.
It’s not the first time they’ve done this. I think you’re right in that Exynos in past devices has had the performance edge but it’s always a bit harder to get custom ROMs.