It was first rumored last year that Samsung is going to ditch the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, a processor that is going to power many flagships this year, in favor of its own Exynos 7420 processor. Rumors had everybody believing that this had something to do with the overheating issues that the Snapdragon 810 was facing. It later turned out to be more of a business decision on Samsung’s part, to reduce its reliance on Qualcomm, and the company’s CEO has offered an explanation of sorts on this matter.
Speaking to The Korea Times Samsung CEO J.K. Shin pointed out that Samsung has used Qualcomm’s processors many times in the past but says that the company is flexible. “If Qualcomm chips are good enough, then we will use them,” he says.
This can be construed as a subtle hint that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 was just not good enough for Samsung’s latest flagship, which is powered by the company’s own 7420, a 64-bit 14nm processor.
“Samsung always uses the best-quality components and materials to differentiate our products from those by rivals,” Shin says, driving the point home.
In the past Samsung has used its processors in some variants and Qualcomm’s processors in others. This time around it has opted against Qualcomm’s top of the line chip and has no Galaxy S6 variants in the pipeline that will be powered by the Snapdragon 810.