Samsung has commandeered the first Snapdragon 835 production runs, rivals left with SD821: Report

Reports have now surfaced that Samsung has called dibs on the entire first batch of Snapdragon 835 chips from Qualcomm.


Reports have now surfaced that Samsung has called dibs on the entire first batch of Snapdragon 835 chips from Qualcomm.

The report, independently verified by The Verge and Forbes, states that Samsung intends to use the chips in its upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone. The device, which was initially expected to debut at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017, will now launch on 14 April, says Forbes.

No other smartphone manufacturer will be able to use the 835 SoCs before that date, reports The Verge. As a result, it’s unlikely that we’ll see any Snapdragon 835-powered phones at MWC, this includes the HTC U Ultra and LG G6. A Motorola Moto Z with a Snapdragon 835 was spotted on GeekBench and there are many rumours that Nokia will announce a Snapdragon 835-powered device at MWC.

Given this report, we might see the launch of these devices pushed to late April or early March.

The only alternative for other manufacturers is last years’ Snapdragon 821 chip, which you can find on phones like the Google Pixel and the OnePlus 3T.

Samsung is able to do this because it’s actually worked with Qualcomm to build the chipset. The Snapdragon 835 is built on a 10nm fabrication process, which makes the phone extremely power efficient, allowing the performance to be pushed higher.

Samsung has provided that 10 nm fabrication technology and its Samsung's foundries that are producing the chip.

Hogging the entire production run, whether intentional or not, is a very smart move from Samsung. Getting to launch an exclusive, Snapdragon 835-powered device should do a great deal to overcome the bad press from the Note 7 fiasco and the lack of a flagship device at MWC 2017.

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