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Galaxy S7: Samsung said to pack Snapdragon 820 in some markets

by Jacob Kleinman | August 24, 2015August 24, 2015 9:20 am PDT

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The Galaxy Note 5 just hit the market, but Samsung is already hard at work on its next big thing. We’ve heard a few recent rumors focused on the upcoming Galaxy S7, and a new report may reveal even more about the future flagship phone.

A fresh leak out of Korea claims Samsung is seriously considering a Snapdragon 820 chip for the Galaxy S7. Citing “industry insiders,” the report suggests that international models could pack the Qualcomm chip. Meanwhile, South Korean customers would still allegedly get a device powered by Samsung’s own Exynos processor.

Samsung used to do the same thing with earlier smartphones, like the Galaxy S5. In the past year the company made a bigger push to use its own chips. However, that may have had more to do with the overheating rumors surrounding the Snapdragon 810 than Samsung’s own processor ambitions.

Exynos-equipped devices like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 have turned out to be pretty powerful, though it’s unclear how they’ll compare to the Snapdragon 820. Samsung seems to have early access to the new Qualcomm chip, so hopefully the company can make the right decision when it comes time to start shipping the Galaxy S7 early next year.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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