While usually seen as competitors, Qualcomm and Samsung are about to embark on a very cozy trip to your smartphone’s innards. Samsung has just announced mass production of their 14nm LPP(Low-Power Plus) has begun.
As expected, this technology will be embedded right into Samsung’s upcoming Exynos 8 Octaprocessor, but it won’t be the only one rocking all the goodies. Samsung is certainly willing and able to partner up with other chip makers, and one of them happens to be Qualcomm.
As you can assume (and read in the title), this does mean that the Korean manufacturing will be producing the almighty Snapdragon 820, which is expected to power plenty of flagship handsets in 2016.
“We are pleased to start production of our industry-leading, 2nd generation 14nm FinFET process technology that delivers the highest level of performance and power efficiency.” -Charlie Bae, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, System LSI Business, Samsung Electronics
That’s right, even if your phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipset, it will be a Samsung-made SoC. In the battle of tech, the only winner seems to be that with the most profits, and if it means making money Samsung will definitely get in bed with the San Diego-based chip maker. We even got to see a Samsung demo tablet running a BRITECELL 1.34um camera sensor at CES, which just so happened to be powered by a Snapdragon 820.
And it is no surprise. After all, Samsung has been working very closely with another main competitor – Apple. They also provide screen technology for many other companies, and their manufacturing services are not about to stop.
As always, Qualcomm and Samsung will still battle for your pocket. Both are expected to be great contenders, but we have to mention we did spend some time with the Snapdragon 820 at CES and walked out quite impressed. The LeTV Le Max Pro is the first handset to come with Qualcomm’s chipset, and its benchmarks reach well over the 130,000 AnTuTu milestone. Insane!