Samsung Galaxy S7 to be the first to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 under the hood?

We’ve learned from previous reports that units of the Samsung Galaxy S7 (Samsung’s next flagship) headed to markets such as the US and China will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC. We’ve also learned that other flagships made by other manufacturers will feature the processor. The question is, which smartphone will feature the CPU first. According to a new report, the Galaxy S7 will be the first smartphone to feature the SoC.

Samsung Galaxy S7 to be the first to rock the Snapdragon 820 SoC


This year, Samsung chose not to make use of the Snapdragon 810 SoC in any of its high-end smartphones due to the overheating issues surrounding the CPU, although Qualcomm continues to deny that there are issues with the said SoC. Instead, Samsung used its Exynos 7420 SoC with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. We’ve learned that next year will be different.

According to a post on Chinese-speaking Weibo, the first commercially available smartphone to feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC will be a device made by Samsung. Other devices to feature the CPU will not be available until April. Although the post did not mention which Samsung-made smartphone will feature the said processor, we’re guessing it will be the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Samsung has kept quiet about what CPU it plans to use on its next flagship, but it would make sense for the Galaxy S7 to make use of the Snapdragon 820 SoC first. After all, the processor has been developed by both Qualcomm and Samsung, using the later’s 14 nm LPP process to ensure high performance and power efficiency.

According to past reports, the version of the Samsung Galaxy S7 headed to the UK will be the version with Samsung’s Exynos 8890 under the hood, and not the Snapdragon 820.

To recap, we’ve learned that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will feature Force Touch, a USB Type-C port, a microSD card slot (only the Galaxy S7; not the Galaxy S7 Edge), and a low-light camera. Unlike the Galaxy S6’s protruding rear-facing camera, the S7’s rear snapper is said to flush with the smartphone’s design. To prevent overheating, Samsung is said to be testing a variety of internal heat pipes for better heat management.

Samsung will be hosting its Unpacked 2016 event on the 21st of February – a day before MWC 2016 kicks off in Barcelona, Spain. We’re expecting the Samsung Galaxy S7 to make its official debut at the event. It is expected to launch in mid-March.

Keep it here at Phones LTD for further updates.


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