The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 should be the company’s flagship SoC, and, while we don’t know anything official about it, it’s been in the headlines thanks to rumors, reports, and leaks. We expect it to be 35 percent faster than its 810 predecessor in terms of CPU performance, and bring a 40 percent improvement over the Snapdragon 810 in terms of graphics performance.
Samsung has decided to ditch the Snapdragon 810 and go with its own Exynos 7420 inside the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge (most probably same chip, or 7422 version inside the upcoming Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus). Whether the move was due to the overheating/thermal throttling reports and issues, or it was Samsung’s move to enter the chip market, is anyone’s guess.
However, according to this report from China (with the screenshot above), Samsung might be already testing the Snapdragon 820 inside the upcoming 2016 flagship, the Galaxy S7. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is expected to make an appearance around MWC 2016 (or somewhat earlier, maybe even end of this year, according to some rumors). The screenshot is allegedly showing off Android M upgrade plans, and we can see an MSM8996 (Snapdragon 820) listed next to the Jungfrau (the alleged internal codename of the Galaxy S7).
While it is way too early for Galaxy S7 rumors, expect to see more of them after the Galaxy Note event on Thursday, and Apple’s September event.
That being said, would you like Samsung to continue using the Exynos chip in the Galaxy S7, or go back to the Qualcomm chip?