The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 is expected to be the processor of choice in 2016 and no doubt one of the more anticipated devices to receive this chip is going to be the Samsung Galaxy S7. While it’s expected that most other manufacturers will also make use of the new powerhouse processor, a new report has suggested that Samsung has an exclusivity deal for the Snapdragon 820, which would prohibit anyone else using the chip till April 2016 – and leaving the Galaxy S7 the only device using it for several months. That would also mean most of the devices that are generally released in the MWC window, like the new HTC One or LG G series smartphone, would have to find some other chip to make their phone tick, or wait till April.

Of course, we have to remember that this is just a rumour at this point, so we’ll take this with a fairly sizeable grain of salt. Another thing to consider is why Qualcomm would even agree to a deal like this – this would preclude Qualcomm from making deals with all other manufacturers for this period of time and potentially harm its own profits given the number of devices that generally receive Qualcomm’s highest performance chips. It’s also not a sure thing that Samsung’s Galaxy S7 will return to the dizzying sales heights of the Galaxy S4, so such a deal would be a pretty big gamble for all involved. Naturally, all we’re going to be able to do is to wait this one out to see whether it’s true.

What do you think about this report that Samsung has an exclusivity deal for the Snapdragon 820? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Weibo via SamMobile

  • FILA

    Why is Sammy trying to get back to using aftermarket parts instead of their in house processors again.

    • Matthew Hansen

      I think that their own SoC isn’t quite up to the level of integration and doesn’t have all the toys that can be implemented on the 820 (from QC 3.0, to the ultrasonic fingerprint sensors, the new wifi and cell signal optimizations from the hardware, etc.). I think Qualcomm has a hit in the making with this chip and Samsung knows it. Plus maybe they are getting a better deal since they are probably manufacturing the chips anyway and can then make money from that as well as not have to retool to make as many of their own chips for the international markets.

  • Matthew Hansen

    who knows this might be a way for Qualcomm to calm the Korean FTC about their monopolistic practices that have caused their stock to take a plunge in the recent months. I could also see Samsung pulling something like this to tout as having the absolute fastest kit on the block for an exclusive period to help boost sales of their flagship that to me at least has fallen flat the past few iterations.