Samsung Galaxy S7 to be Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

Samsung Galaxy S6
South Korea’s Electronic Times, a daily newspaper specializing in information technology in Korea, has reported that the South Korean smartphone manufacturer, Samsung, will use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chips for some of its Galaxy S7 smartphones.

ETNews reported that Samsung is currently testing two variants of the Galaxy S7 smartphone. One variant, which will be shipped to the US in early 2016, is said to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820. The other variant, however, which will be sold in other markets, will run on Samsung’s very own Exynos processor.

Samsung opted for its Exynos processor for the Galaxy S6 when Qualcomm’s own Snapdragon 810 faced overheating issues with some devices including Sony Xperia Z5, LG G Flex 2, and HTC One M9.

Source: techradar.com

Source: techradar.com

However, the Galaxy S7 will not be the first device to run on the Snapdragon 820 chipset as Xiaomi Mi 5 is set to take the spot as the first smartphone to run on the chipset when it is launched in December, according to Chinese analyst, Pan Jiutang. But this hasn’t stopped the Samsung Galaxy S7 from gathering quite a lot of hype. With the release of the Galaxy S7 just months away, rumors have been flying around about the device’s features and specifications and one of them is that the device would come with 6GB of RAM. Samsung recently launched the industry’s first DRAM chip that would allow smartphones to run on 6GB of RAM. The chip boosts performance by up to 30% and consumes less battery, and it is likely the Samsung Galaxy S7 will take advantage of this new technology which would make it the fastest smartphone in the world. Other rumors include a 5.7-inch display, a dual camera setup just like the HTC One M8, and a Turtle Glass, an alternative to Corning Gorilla Glass.

Samsung DRAM Chip

Samsung DRAM Chip
Source: Samsung Tomorrow

These are just rumors though, but it likely that Samsung will take our breath away in a bid to overshadow Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The Samsung Galaxy S7, codenamed ‘Jungfru’, is expected to be revealed in January 2016 and available for sale in the following months. The device is also expected to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box.


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