Looking at the current crop of high-end Android smartphones, from the HTC One to Sony’s Xperia Z3, one thing is instantly recognisable as the common hardware component – a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Samsung, however, looks to be leaving Qualcomm’s processors behind for its homegrown Exynos processors starting with the next version of its high end Galaxy S line of smartphones.
South Africa is no stranger to Samsung’s homegrown processors. For the last two years we seen two different versions of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series smartphones; a 3G-only one that uses the eight core Samsung Exynos processor, and a Qualcomm powered, LTE capable phone.
The reason for the different processors was the fact that Qualcomm’s LTE modems have been generations ahead of the competition for the last few years, offering better power consumption due to the fact that they were built into the processor themselves and didn’t need a separate chip.
Samsung has finally been able to get its LTE modems to a point where it no longer needs Qualcomm to supply it with processors as evidenced by the recently announced LTE-Advanced version of its Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, which uses a Samsung chip and modem to do the business.
Samsung has seen some dire financial performance over the last few quarters having come off of record highs to see its market share, and subsequently its profits, dwindling. The South Korean company’s plan going forward is to produce fewer models of smartphones, to share more components between them to increase economies of scale, and to use more homegrown components from its many other subsidiaries.
The Next Galaxy S phone, which will more than likely going to be called the Galaxy S6, will possibly be the first in a long time to only have one version which can handle LTE-A with more components from Samsung than ever before.[Source – Bloomberg]