Companies manufacturing smartphones have dozens of options when it comes to choosing the chips that power them, and despite the presence of some big names in SoC-production, it sounds like more and more of these companies are looking to some less-traditionally-popular alternatives. Last month we heard that Lenovo could be among the phone-makers looking to throw its own hat into the SoC-making ring, but before it gets there, the company may turn to Samsung for a taste of its Exynos action, as rumors suggest Lenovo could launch a handset running the Exynos 8870.
The 8870, as you may recall, is itself a component that still exists only in the realm of rumors, described as a slightly watered-down Exynos 8890 (the chip that will be at the heart of Samsung’s next-gen flagships in certain markets). Rumors from earlier this week mentioned Meizu as an OEM that may be interested in delivering some 8870-based hardware, and now a new report makes the claim that Lenovo intends to do the very same thing.
But for the moment, that’s all we have: no mention of a timetable, nor what else we might be able to expect from this Lenovo handset. Given the depiction of the 8870 as an 8890 operating at a lower clock speed, we’d have to assume that a phone running it will still be a powerful higher-end model, but we’re at a loss for any particular specs.
Between this rumored smartphone and the teaser for the upcoming K3 Note, is Lenovo angling to move up in the ranks in 2016? Right now it faces stiff competition from both Huawei and Xiaomi, but a lot can change in a year.