Have you noticed the prices of smartphones based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor? Things are not at all easy for those who want a new high-end mobile phone, since the latest SoC from the giant Qualcomm forces manufacturers to integrate the dedicated 5G X50 modem, as well as several extra antennas in the body of the devices … Something that is clear that is, it results in a very significant price increase in the highest range of the market. A range that is no longer exactly cheap.
In fact, just look at the prices of the recent Galaxy S20, and the expected price of the new OnePlus 8 Pro, to see how far this trend is going.
A serious problem, when we take into account that the high end market is already extremely expensive, and 5G networks are still a long way from being properly implemented. In short, Qualcomm is forcing manufacturers to raise prices, for a technology that just doesn't yet exist.
But if there are companies that don't like to be forced to do anything … It's Samsung and Google! Especially Google, which has already refused to use Qualcomm's latest SoC. Therefore, the two giants signed a partnership to put the giant of microprocessors against the wall.
As I mentioned above, the Snapdragon 865 is already an extremely expensive chip, the most expensive on the market.
However, in addition to this component, Qualcomm also requires the purchase of its dedicated X50 5G modem, increasing the prices of hardware implementation to all manufacturers. Without much need, since we are basically paying for 5G, before there is 5G on the streets!
So, as Google wants to be more and more a hardware manufacturer, it decided to start designing its own SoCs… And in that effort, nothing better than a partner like Samsung! After all, it has its own production lines, as or more advanced than those of TSMC.
Google / Samsung Cooperation
– Exynos AP (GOOGLE ONLY)
– Samsung ISP, NPU X
– Visual Core Goolge, NPU O
– A78 x2 + A76 x2 + A55 x4
– ARM Borr MP20
– 5 LPE
– Sleepy Kuma (@Kuma_Sleepy) April 8, 2020
In other words, the most recent rumors and ‘leaks’ suggest the launch of a new Exynos SoC at the end of the year, with 2 A78 cores, 2 A76 cores and 4 A55 cores. As well as a powerful GPU with 20 processing units, all based on Samsung's 5nm production technology.
On top of this, the rumors also suggest the integration of Google's own image processing and AI chips, rather than Samsung's solutions. In other words, we are talking about a SoC capable of producing simply brutal photographic quality, if the camera hardware follows this quality.
Rumors / Leaks quite interesting, especially when we take into account the current fiasco around the Exynos 990 that equip the European versions of the Galaxy S20 range.
However, all this is due to the fact that Samsung chose to include its own processing cores… A practice that came to an end in 2019. Due to all this information, it is quite likely that this GoogleExynos chip will hit the market to impress everyone and everything , especially the giant Qualcomm, which seems to have taken a too risky decision with the Snapdragon 865.
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