Samsung Galaxy Note 5 To Drop Qualcomm, Coming With Exynos 7 Chipset?

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The Galaxy Note 5 may come with Samsung?s proprietary Exynos 7 Octa processor. (Image courtesy of Samsung)

The South Korean tech giant has long been using Snapdragon SOCs (system-on-chip) from Qualcomm to power their devices. However, that may soon change as there are various signs suggesting that Samsung is discontinuing its partnership with its long-time chipset supplier. As such, there are reports saying that the move will be implemented with this year?s upcoming Galaxy Note 5 phablet.

Exynos 7 Octa processor announced

A few days ago, Samsung announced that they are beginning the mass production of the new Exynos 7 Octa Core processor. This is said to be the industry?s first 14nm FinFET mobile application processor and is slated to be integrated in some of the company?s products to be released this year. While the tech giant didn?t specify, many Samsung watchers believe that they?re going to be the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy Note 5.

Here is how Samsung described the latest Exynos 7 SoC in their recent post on the official Samsung Tomorrow blog

?As the most advanced technology available today, 14nm FinFET process is able to achieve the highest levels of efficiency, performance and productivity. When compared to Samsung?s 20nm process technology, this newest process enables up to 20 percent faster speed, 35 percent less power consumption and 30 percent productivity gain.?

Samsung to reduce reliance with Qualcomm?

Due to Samsung?s recent concerns involving Qualcomm Snapdragon 810?s speed and overheating issues, the company is rumored to be reducing its dependency on the latter in two phases. The first phase appears to be the exclusion of Qualcomm?s products from Samsung?s premium Galaxy S6 range. The second may involve the elimination of Snapdragon chipsets from the Galaxy Note phablet lineup (i.e. Galaxy Note 5). Now that the Exynos 7 is official, there is at least a decent possibility that this speculation will finally be vindicated.

Other specs to expect

Aside from the processor, we?ve also told you earlier about other specifications that the Galaxy Note 5 will come equipped with. The upcoming phablet is said to be Samsung?s first mobile device furnished with a 4K AMOLED display, which will likely be coupled with a 5.9-inch screen. If that proves to be true, then it would result to a crazy 743ppi pixel density. Other possible features include either an 18MP rear shooter, or a distinct 27MP rotating main camera.


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