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Samsung Might Manufacture Snapdragon 830 Using 10nm Process

January 22, 2016 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

Qualcomm is quite probably the best known mobile SoC manufacturer in the world. The company’s Snapdragon chips have been around for quite some time now, and are included in a ton of smartphones, tablets and smartwatches these days. The company’s Snapdragon 810 flagship SoC which was released last year had its issues, and the company is looking to improve upon that with the Snapdragon 820 which will be available out in the market really soon. The Snapdragon 820 isn’t even available yet, and we’ve started receiving Snapdragon 830 rumors and what not, read on.

Back in December, a rumor surfaced saying that the Snapdragon 830 will support up to 8GB of RAM. Well, a new piece of info popped up today, and it basically confirms that info, while it adds more details to the mix. According to this rumor from Weibo (Chinese social network), the Snapdragon 830 will be manufactured using Samsung’s 10nm process, and it will continue using Kyro architecture. Now, the 10nm architecture will bring more power efficiency to the table, and should overall improve today’s chips. The Exynos 7420, Snapdragon 820 and the upcoming Exynos 8890 all use the 14nm manufacturing process, just to give you an example.

It seems a bit early to make Snapdragon 830 predictions and to comment on rumors, but everything listed here makes sense. 4GB of RAM became a standard for flagship devices (or will become a standard soon), so it seems probable that the Snapdragon 830 will enable OEMs up to 8GB of RAM (which doesn’t mean they’ll use that option), especially considering the fact that this chip won’t be released before Q1 2017. This will be a really interesting year as far as mobile processors are concerned. Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890 are the frontrunners this year, but the Kirin 950 is a great chip, and the Helio X20 is expected to challenge others as well. The Snapdragon 820 will be used in a ton of flagship phones this year, as it’s usually the case with Snapdragon chips, but it seems like Samsung will release the Exynos 8870 for OEMs to use as well. This chip is said to be identical to the 8890, but it will offer a lower clock speed.