Samsung does not like to take a backseat to any company, yet, when it comes to the manufacturer of processors, or “the brains,” for mobile devices, Samsung not only lags behind their competition, but continues to lose market share – from 11-percent in 2012 to 6.3-percent, almost halved, in 2013. According to market researcher, Strategy Analytics, U.S. Qualcomm is the undisputed “king” with a 34.8-percent share, MediaTek follows with 17.8-percent, Apple with 14.3-percent, and Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. at 14.2-percent. Those are numbers that Samsung would like to turn around – you would think that the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world would want to use their own chips, with others pounding their door as well, but it just is not happening.
One of those reasons for Samsung’s own processors not being in their own flagship devices in the U.S., like the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3, is the fact that their Exynos 5 Octa chips do not work with the 4G LTE-A networks, forcing manufacturers to look elsewhere.
According to those in the know, Samsung will soon introduce a “ModAP,” or a Modem and Application Processor that will support the LTE-A network, as well as be equipped with Wide Connection (Widcon) technology that directly connects the application processors and RAM to improve both performance and energy consumption. Samsung is also working on a 64-bit processor that will boost the performance compared to the 32-bit chips that are now being used – allowing them to access 4GB of DRAM.
Apple is boasting about their 64-bit processor in their new iPhone 5S, however, with only 1GB or RAM, the performance increases are limited, as well as the apps to take advantage of the 64-bits. Samsung is set to launch their new flagship, the Galaxy S5, this Spring and they certainly would like to take the bragging rights away from Apple. However, it is uncertain whether Samsung will be ready with their new chip, but would undoubtedly like to use an upgrade from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 already being used in the current Galaxy Note 3.
Samsung announced in December that it had developed the first 8GB memory chip using 20 nanometer technology, but it is uncertain whether Samsung’s new chips will be ready – as mass production has not yet started – to use the Galaxy S4. According to Yonhap News, Samsung may have to wait and apply their new technology in the Galaxy Note 4, which would debut in late Fall.
Please let us know on our Google+ Page which brand of processor you prefer, if any – are you a Qualcomm only person, or would you welcome a processor from Samsung, especially in their own devices.