There are a number of rumors doing the rounds about the upcoming Galaxy S9 smartphone, and that is remarkable considering the fact that it has barely been a few months since the release of the latest device in the Galaxy S series. Samsung typically releases the devices in this particular flagship iteration annually, which puts the possible Samsung Galaxy S9 release date somewhere around the first or second quarter of 2018. However, if the latest news about the Samsung Galaxy S9 features is accurate, then it seems that the company has made a remarkable decision regarding what will power the upcoming smartphone.
It is common knowledge that the South Korean giant uses two different processors built on the same technology depending on the region of release. For instance, the Galaxy S8 came with the Qualcomm SD 835 processor in some parts of the world, while other areas got a device powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 chipset, both of which were built on the 10nm technology. The Galaxy S9, on the other hand, may be powered by two completely different kinds of SoCs built using two different processes.
The disparity, according to reports out of South Korea, is believed to have arisen from the fact that while Samsung used to build the chipsets for Qualcomm, the latter has now passed over the rights to TSMC, who is ready with the next generation of chipsets built on 7nm technology. Samsung, on the other hand, is still pending on delivering the same tech. However, reports claim that the company plans to begin the manufacturing of 6nm chips shortly for devices in 2019. But for the Galaxy S9, Samsung will use both the 7nm processors from Qualcomm and the 8nm ones from its own Exynos line.
So to explain the decision in question, industry experts have concluded that Samsung is a bit of a hurry to start the production of the 6nm processors to stay ahead of the competition, which is one of the main reasons why it will still go with the Qualcomm 7nm processors built by TSMC for the Galaxy S9. Alongside that, the company will also use the Exynos 8nm processors for the upcoming flagship smartphones.
The reason behind using the TSMC chips is the fact that Qualcomm processors are far more cost-efficient, and the network support is well-tuned to the demands of the areas they are used in. The Exynos processors, on the other hand, have a more international-oriented service. Rumors also state that Samsung will produce their very own 7nm processors, which may be used to power the successor of the upcoming Galaxy Note 8.
But with the Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone, users in different regions may see a stark contrast in performance. So far, rumors had indicated that the new device might come with Exynos 9810 processors, so we will have to see what happens on that front. We have already heard tidbits of information about the Galaxy S9 coming with the next generation of AMOLED displays, which would certainly demand a powerful processor. However, all this belongs in the realm of speculation, so we are awaiting official word from Samsung.