Samsung is one of the few smartphone manufacturers that makes its own mobile processors. The company’s latest flagship, the Galaxy S9, is powered by its Exynos 9810 chip that rivals the Snapdragon 845 from Qualcomm (which Samsung uses for some variants of the S9). If a new report out of China is believed, Samsung has already started developing the processor for the Galaxy S10.
It’s not like this doesn’t make sense. Semiconductor development isn’t exactly easy and it requires a lot of time before the chip can be considered ready for use in a commercial device.
The report from a usually reliable source based in China points to a list of projects that someone over at Samsung is involved in and that list shows that the Exynos 9820 has been in development since January this year. The same person also lists the Exynos 9810 and Samsung’s 5G modem as their other projects.
It goes without saying that the Exynos 9820 will be the successor to the Exynos 9810 which is used in the Galaxy S9 and will also be used in the Galaxy Note 9 later this year. The technical specifications of this new chip remain unknown but despite earlier reports, it seems unlikely that Samsung will shift to the 7nm process for the Exynos 9820 as it may not have the production lines ready in time for the handset’s release.
Hello，Exynos 9820。 pic.twitter.com/DCaM3TBKf2
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