Samsung will produce Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor

Rob Attrell

January 14, 2016 8:26am

Samsung is widely considered to be among the world’s top electronic hardware manufacturers. Not only does Samsung produce chips for a number of other companies, including Apple, but it also makes a separate line of Exynos processors for its own mobile devices. Samsung began using a 14 nanometer low-power chip process at the beginning of 2015, and now the smartphone manufacturer is working on the second generation of this technology.

Samsung announced today that it has forged a partnership with Qualcomm and plans to manufacture the company’s upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor, using its new 14nm architecture. These new Snapdragon chips are expected to start appearing in devices in the first half of 2016, shortly after Samsung’s chips are expected to be ready.

Changes to the 3D structure of the chip’s new transistors, thanks to Samsung’s 14nm manufacturing process, allows for speeds that are up to 15 percent faster, while also reducing power use by 15 percent. These gains are helped by process optimization, resulting in improved yields and a reduce in scaling limitations.

Samsung says its new chip process has been optimized specifically for mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and should meet demand for a wide range of applications.

  • Skippypaccino

    I have a feeling this will be the first truly great 64 bit chip to grace the Android phone landscape. All others before it were underpowered or ran extremely hot. This chip packed in with 4gb of ram will ensure your Android phone to run smoother than its ever had before.

    Can’t wait to see benchmarks when the first phones release.

    • Creaulx

      If this is in the S7 I’m all in.

    • Skippypaccino

      I think all the high end smartphones will have it in them for sure. I was hoping to see a return to form for the HTC one M line, but they don’t seemed to be interested in smartphones anymore. They’re in the VR game now…

      My contract is up next year and I guess I’m 100% sure my next phone will have a snapdragon 820


      What? The Exynos 7420 that Samsung uses in the S6/S6 Edge and newer high end devices is a beast of a chip and doesn’t get hot at all.

  • Andrew English

    I wonder how much of the battery these Snap Drags will consume. If it’s anything like the older gen Snap Drags it will upset a lot of Samsung users.

  • Victor Creed

    This will help Samsung offset the loss of the Apple A10 to TSMC


    Sounds good BUT as long as Samsung / Qualcomm will release open sourced drivers for the different subcomponents attached to the chip, this will be ok. For those of us who love to change ROMs and play with AOSP based ones, this is a must. Yes, there are a bunch of other things that are needed (unlocked bootloader, etc.) but SoC related software is key.


      If they always gave ppl what they need to build Roms before then why wouldn’t they now?