Last year’s flagship processor from Qualcomm — the Snapdragon 810 — caused many hardware manufacturers to be weary of sticking with the company due to its overheating issues. While HTC stood by Qualcomm’s side, Samsung moved on and implemented its own processor worldwide. In 2016, the Snapdragon 820 is expected to put Qualcomm back on the map and a big help would be Samsung returning as a partner to use it. And Samsung might be the only company using the processor during the first few months of the new year.
A source from China is claiming that the Snapdragon 820 will be exclusive to Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S7 until April 2016.
It’s possible that Qualcomm’s financial and legal woes have led to the company cutting a deal with Samsung. Very few companies have as deep pockets as Samsung does and Qualcomm could use the cash. Earlier in the month, Qualcomm struck a deal with Xiaomi to allow the latter to use select patents for 3G and 4G connectivity. Qualcomm is going to continue operating as is instead of splitting into two entities; therefore, figuring out new ways to secure revenue is vital moving forward. An limited exclusive deal with Samsung could be the first step in what will be Qualcomm’s new strategy.
The source’s history is quite unknown, and I encourage everyone to not be all-in on this report. It’s almost hard to believe that Qualcomm would be blocking HTC and others from using the Snapdragon 820 until four months into 2016.
Via: G for Games
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