Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are not expected to be announced before March 2018 but the first leak surrounding the smartphone series has already arrived. Look at the hype, when the phone isn't even announced yet, and people are talking about Samsung Galaxy 9 and 9+.
Samsung using 8nm Chipsets:
In the past, Samsung has been in news for sticking to 8nm chipset for flagship phones instead of switching to Qualcomm‘s 7nm Snapdragon chipset expected to debut early next year.
Samsung has constantly been pushing for 10nm chipset devices while the industry has long since been contemplating the shift to 7nm chipset processors.
Samsung and Qualcomm tie-up:
Samsung and Qualcomm were said to recently have had a fallout when Qualcomm licensed the manufacturing of its 7nm chips to TSMC, instead of Samsung.
The decision was taken as Samsung was not ready with the 7nm manufacturing lines and focused more on the 8nm chips.
But as per a recent report, Samsung will use both, the 7nm and 8nm chipset for the next generation of Galaxy S9 smartphones, hinting that the alliance between Samsung and Qualcomm are still strong, despite Qualcomm’s decision to switch to another manufacturer.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Chipsets:
Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus smartphones too run two chipsets – one is the latest Snapdragon 835 SoC and the Exynos 8895, both based on the based on 10nm chipset.
While the Exynos powered phones are available mainly in Korea and a few other Asian countries, most international markets have the Snapdragon 835 variant.
A speed test between the two versions proved Samsung’s in-house Exynos processor to be faster than Snapdragon 835 chipset.
Whats' the final Verdict?
Samsung will now use the 7nm chipset in half of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 units.
The challege for Samsung will be to optimize the 8nm Exynos SoC to keep pace with the more advanced and relatively faster 7nm Snapdragon chipset.
The futuristic 6nm chipset, expected to debut in 2019 and be the successor to the current crop of processors that power smartphones.
While initially, Samsung will face a setback, the numbers are expected to improve post 2019, once the 6nm manufacturing commences in full swing.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 might be based on the 7nm TSMC manufactured Qualcomm chipset but for now, the Galaxy Note 8 is expected to stick to Snapdragon 835 processor.