Besides developing smartphone and tablet processors for in-house Galaxy use, Samsung can technically also supply rival device manufacturers with top-of-the-line Exynos silicon. Of course, so far only second-tier companies like Meizu have opted for the Korean giant’s Snapdragon or MTK alternatives, but since the Pro 5 architects are coming up in the mobile world, Sammy must think of its primary business and profit generator first.
Hence, this year you should expect the Galaxy S7 and its multiple siblings and cousins to pack a different chip than the Meizu Pro 6. The former is just about guaranteed to pick up the recently unveiled Exynos 8890, an octa-core monster capable of literally incredible benchmark scores, while the latter is tipped to have a slightly humbler 8870 on the way.
This 8870 will likely be built on the same custom “Mongoose” architecture as GS7’s SoC, with identical 64-bit capabilities and 14 nm fabrication node, but lower clock speeds than 2.3 and 1.5 GHz for the M1 and Cortex-A53 CPU clusters.
It remains to be seen if Samsung cares so much of its Meizu relationship to design a chipset specifically for the Pro 5 sequel poised to debut commercially in Q2 or Q3, or if perhaps more OEMs will migrate away from their Qualcomm or MediaTek partnerships.
It’s also possible a less powerful Galaxy S7 configuration (Mini?) is in the works with Exynos 8870 muscle in tow, though obviously, the processor’s very existence isn’t confirmed yet. Bottom line, you may hate to hear this, but wait and see is all you can do for now.