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Samsung's upcoming Exynos 9 Series SoC to compete with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835

The large, bolded "9" indicates that this will be a new series of Samsung's in-house chipset. (Source: Android Police)
The large, bolded "9" indicates that this will be a new series of Samsung's in-house chipset. (Source: Android Police)
The updated Exynos chipset is likely to use the new 10nm FinFET manufacturing process, the same one used by its Qualcomm equivalent, the Snapdragon 835. This suggests that we may see a number of Samsung Galaxy S8 variants with different processors.

With so much discussion about Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC that is expected to appear in many of the high-end phones such as the upcoming Nokia and HTC flagships, you could be excused for believing that Qualcomm would be allowed to dominate the high-end mobile processor market unopposed. Samsung, as one might expect, would prefer to maintain some leverage by ensuring its in-house processors remain competitive. 

Samsung’s latest teaser about the Exynos 9 series SoC in a tweet from the official Twitter handle of Samsung Exynos indicates that Samsung may have a Snapdragon and an Exynos variant of the Galaxy S8. Many expect the Galaxy S8 with the Exynos 9 teased in the advertisement to be released in certain markets such as South Korea and India while the Snapdragon variant will be sold in the US and EU. As you may recall, Samsung struck a deal with Qualcomm to ensure they would be the first company to bring a handset featuring the processor to market.

Samsung’s previous flagship devices, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 7, both used the Exynos 8890 chipset and had no Snapdragon variants. Samsung is expected to launch the Samsung Galaxy S8 in the US and Europe on March 29 and the handset is rumored to become available for purchase sometime in the latter half of April. Users should be aware that most of the information that has surfaced about the Samsung Galaxy S8 and its release schedule is based on speculation.

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Isaac Brown, 2017-02-21 (Update: 2017-02-21)
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I joined Notebookcheck at the end of 2016 after being a dedicated reader of the website for the past six years, occasionally tuning out various lecturers to read reviews of the latest gaming and business laptops. As a writer and tech enthusiast, I focus mostly on smartphones, the latest trending gadgets like VR headsets, and the businesses that create it all. When I’m not admiring the latest graphics cards, I write short fiction and arrange for a cappella.