The Ramifications of Samsung Using the 14nm Exynos AP in Galaxy S6

27 March 2015

Samsung stole the show at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona as the smartphone industry bellwether unveiled a pair of Galaxy S6 flagship smartphones on March 1. The Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge represented a complete departure from previous flagship Galaxy S model designs, as the new models featured all new metal enclosures, in addition to a symmetrically curved display on the S6 edge. Both models also contained another first for Samsung--an industry-leading 14nm Exynos 64-bit Octa-core applications processor (AP) chip.

Previous releases of the Galaxy S line relied primarily on Qualcomm system-on-chip (SoC) for the bulk of the volume models and a home-grown Exynos AP and thin modem design for specific markets. This announcement was largely anticipated as Qualcomm had indicated in their financial earnings in the few week prior that they had lost a key customer for their Snapdragon SoC. However, Qualcomm is unlikely to be completely unseated from design slots within the Galaxy S6 as Samsung will surely be using Qualcomm-based thin modems in the Galaxy S6 for advanced LTE markets.

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