Qualcomm Snapdragon chips are pretty much the standard here in the U.S. Almost all mobile devices use some level of Snapdragon, whether it be an all powerful Snapdragon 810 or a lowly Snapdragon 410 for budget devices. However, it hasn’t always been this way. Samsung used to use its own in-house Exynos chips with great results in the States, though eventually Qualcomm chips were used thanks to their support for LTE connectivity.
I’ve always loved Exynos chips for many reasons, one of which was their focus on audio. And the Samsung Galaxy S6 was announced with Exynos processors in all areas of the world. No longer will the U.S. get a Qualcomm model; we’ll all get the new octa-core Exynos 7420. But why the sudden change? Samsung CEO JK Shin explains.
Samsung previously used more Qualcomm mobile processors. But we are flexible. If Qualcomm chips are good enough, then we will use them. Samsung always uses the best-quality components and materials to differentiate our products from those by rivals.JK ShinSamsung
Looks like Samsung wasn’t happy with Qualcomm’s latest offerings and decided to use its own chip in the U.S. market. It’s quite a stab at Qualcomm, despite him claiming the partnership between the two companies remains strong. And it’s not too far from the truth, because the Exynos 7420 is a very powerful chip and may be both more powerful and more efficient than the Snapdragon 810 other manufacturers are using. However, the real reason might be issues that Samsung has had with using the Snapdragon 810 in testing.
I welcome Samsung’s use of the Exynos chips. Not only will it offer something new and different in the U.S. market, it’ll make updating the devices easier (as the company won’t have to update two different models of each handset).