Samsung’s numerous tentacles have spread to cover many segments of the multifaceted tech industry of late, and Android smartphone distribution is just one little component of a tremendously well-oiled cash machine.
Speaking of components, the Korean giant should turn things around as far as profits go by the end of the year thanks chiefly to chip production, not handheld sales, which continue to drift on account of market saturation.
Unlike fabless companies Qualcomm, MediaTek or Nvidia, Samsung has the necessary facilities and expertise to actually build Exynos processors, not only design and market them after independent semiconductor foundry owner TSMC lays the groundwork.
But in addition to the rapidly rising Exynos family, whose newest proud member powers the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Edge+, and Note 5 worldwide, Samsung may be looking to upset TSMC’s financials by striking a major deal with Huawei before long.
The Chinese device producer owns a fabless semiconductor label called HiSilicon, responsible for the Kirin chip line that’s yet to really take off. Hence, rumor has it Huawei might want to integrate a 14nm-based, Samsung-made Kirin silicon into future flagship phones instead of relying on a 16nm fabrication process Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company can deliver on at the moment.
In theory, a 14nm node-developed SoC like the Exynos 7420 should provide lower power consumption and higher energy efficiency than 16nm counterparts. Obviously, Huawei wants all the best for the next phase of its global invasion efforts, and Samsung has deals in place even with Apple, so helping the world’s third largest smartphone designer shouldn’t be a problem, as long as the price is right.