Exynos CPUs will soon power more mid-range smartphones

Exynos SoCs might power more smartphones soon. (Source: Expert Reviews)
Exynos SoCs might power more smartphones soon. (Source: Expert Reviews)
Samsung is mulling to sell its Exynos SoCs to other smartphone vendors in a bid to boost its foundry utilization and increase its market share in the mid-range segment.

We might soon see Exynos CPUs in many more phones. Reports are coming in that the South Korean giant is looking to sell its popular SoC line to other OEMs as well in a bid to increase its wafer foundry utilization and penetrate the highly contested mid-range segment. 

The Exynos chips are mostly found in Samsung phones and in a few Meizu phones in the wild. Some old Lenovo phones such as the LePhone K860 and K860i also sported Exynos SoCs. Pushing the Exynos lineup to midrange phones will surely boost Samsung's prospects as that segment is heavily contested by the likes of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, HiSilicon Kirin 659, and the MediaTek Helio P40 and P70. Xiaomi is also planning to push its own chips and the Surge S2 can be expected to make its debut soon, possibly during MWC 2018. 

If Samsung plays its cards right, it has the potential to create a ripple in the midrange segment. MediaTek will probably be the most affected chip maker but ultimately the success of all major players including Samsung, Qualcomm, HiSilicon and Xiaomi will depend on key differentiations at competitive prices. As an example, the Exynos 7872 brings a great deal of processing power to the budget Meizu M6s, which retails for less than US$200. Features such as AI and better image and video processing across the entire lineup and at lower price tiers will surely benefit OEMs and customers alike. 


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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-01-25 (Update: 2018-01-26)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
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I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.