Samsung has a tradition of launching its major smartphone and tablets in two variants – one with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and the other running on an in-house Exynos chip. The latter is usually made to be sold in certain European and Asian markets.
Going by that little habit of Samsung, it isn’t surprising that Samsung is building a new Exynos chip, as the upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8, is going to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.
In a tweet from the Korean electronics giant’s processor division, Samsung Exynos claims to ‘Discover cloud 9 with Exynos’, suggesting that the next processor would be called the Exynos 9.
— Samsung Exynos (@SamsungExynos) February 17, 2017
It is now common knowledge that the Galaxy S8 will be the first smartphone to run the Snapdragon 835 SoC. It is going to be one of the first processors to be be manufactured under Samsung’s 10nm FinFET process. Since Samsung is the only manufacturing partner for Qualcomm as of now, and it already has all the resources to build such processors, the ball seems to be in its court.
A press release from Samsung had earlier explained that their new 10nm FinFET process (10LPE) adopts an advanced 3D transistor structure with additional enhancements in both process technology and design enablement compared to its 14nm predecessor, allowing up to 30-percent increase in area efficiency with 27-percent higher performance or 40-percent lower power consumption.
The release also states that SoCs with 10nm process technology will be used in digital devices launching early next year and are expected to become more widely available throughout 2017.
In a report from Sammobile, which bases its speculation from the LinkedIn profile stub of an intern working with Samsung on chipsets, it is suggested that the new Exynos chips would be called Exynos 9810, with variants – Exynos 9810V and Exynos 9810M.
The Exynos 9 series, once launched, could be a direct competitor to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC, Huawei’s Kirin 970 chip and Apple’s A10 Fusion SoC in terms of performance.