Samsung announced today that they will be manufacturing Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 820 chip. In particular, the Korean company cites how the Snapdragon chips will take advantage of a new 14-nanometer process and that it will be available on devices being released during the first half of the year.
Qualcomm faced troubles early last year as the first generation of the Snapdragon 810 faced heating problems. The issues resulted in Samsung using their own Exynos chip for their 2015 Galaxy lineup. Others, like LG, ended up using the lesser Snadragon 808 for their flagship devices. For the most part, Qualcomm has resolved the overheating with new versions of the chip and current phones like the Nexus 6P preform just fine.
The Snapdragon 820 is a 2.2GHz quad-core 64-bit chip that supports up to 28MP cameras with 4K video capture and playback. It supports an even faster QuickCharge 3.0, X12 LTE, and 802.11ac WiFI. Samsung’s 14-nanonmeter process is more advanced than Qualcomm’s traditional partner TSMC and is likely the reason behind the deal. Smaller chip sizes means more performance for less power usage.
The Snapdragon 820 is expected to power the LG G5 and some variants of the Galaxy S7 which are likely to be announced at the end of February at MWC. Several Chinese manufacturers, like Xiaomi and Letv, are also expected to use the chipset for their latest devices.