With Mobile World Congress just around the corner, we’re prepping ourselves for the next generation of Galaxy S smartphone, but what about the technology powering that device? We’re especially curious about that ever since Qualcomm confirmed that a major client had dropped the Snapdragon 810 from a flagship phone.
This past weekend, Samsung announced the Exynos 7 Octa 14nm, the latest in its series of custom-built smartphone processors. The Exynos 7 is a 64-bit octa-core chip and is the first to be manufacturing using Samsung’s new 14nm FinFET process technology. The 20nm version of this chip is currently powering the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge in some regions.
Samsung says it has overcome performance and scaling limitations of the 20nm process using a new 3D FinFET structure on its transistors. The new process means the Exynos 7 will be up to 20% faster and consume 35% less power than Samsung’s 20nm technology.
Samsung hasn’t confirmed that the Exynos 7 Octa will be powering the Galaxy S6. However, as we mentioned previously, the phone reportedly won’t be running on the Snapdragon 810. Either way, we don’t have long to wait before we find out for sure. Just like pretty much every other major OEM, Samsung has an MWC press conference scheduled for Sunday, March 1st.