Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ have just hit the stores, but the Korean electronics giant is working intensively on the next year’s Galaxy S7. The latest report coming out of South Korea claims that Samsung is testing Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 820 processor on the Galaxy S7.
The tests are progressing well
Citing ‘industry insiders’, DreamX claims that the company has put Snapdragon 820 through some intensive testing. That’s in line with a previous report which claimed that Galaxy S7 equipped with Snapdragon 820 was undergoing testing in China. The Galaxy S7 is codenamed “Jungfrau” and the Snapdragon 820 is “MSM8996,” according to leaked documents.
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The results of these tests will decide whether the next year’s flagship smartphone will feature Snapdragon 820 SoC or not. DreamX noted that the tests have been going well so far, signalling that Samsung may launch its next year’s flagship smartphone with two chipset choices. The international version may pack Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820, while another version with Samsung’s in-house processor may launch in Asian markets.
Earlier this year, Samsung ditched Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810, and went ahead with its own Exynos 7420 processor in the Galaxy S6. It could have been because of the much-publicized overheating issues with the Snapdragon 810. Exynos 7420-powered devices have proved to be very powerful, but Snapdragon 820 reportedly takes processor performance and battery efficiency to a whole new level.
Samsung speeds up the Galaxy S7 development
Qualcomm’s new flagship processor will feature ‘Hydra’ cores, Adreno 530 GPU, and 4G LTE Cat.10 connectivity. It will be based on the 14nm FinFET technology. It delivers 35% performance improvement over the Snapdragon 810.
The Galaxy S7 is expected to arrive in early 2016. Samsung historically refreshes its ‘S’ line in March/April, but the S7 is expected to arrive even sooner. The Korean electronics giant has switched the Galaxy S7 development process to “Agile,” aiming to develop it by December 2015. What’s more, Samsung was granted a patent for a 3D holographic display earlier this month, fueling speculations that the next year’s phone could feature this revolutionary technology.