Now that we have passed the Galaxy S6 unveiling from Samsung, it is official that the Korea-based company opted to use in-house Exynos silicon to power its two newest flagship devices, instead of contracting out the job to San Diego-based Qualcomm for its Snapdragon 810 chipset.
What makes the situation important were the early reports that devices running the Snapdragon 810 were seeing overheating issues, with LG coming right out and denying the reports completely. However, whatever the case may be, Qualcomm lost its chance to power the newest Samsung devices, and now we are left with a new 64-bit octa-core Exynos processor inside both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
From early benchmarks we are seeing, the Exynos-powered GS6 and GS6 Edge are dominating, easily beating out the One M9 and its Snapdragon. Although, HTC would likely chalk up any losses to those benchmarks being ran on “unfinished software.”
Samsung’s own JK Shin weighed in on the decision, reassuring the press that relations between Samsung and Qualcomm are still good. In fact, Shin claims the move was made to decrease Samsung’s dependency on other companies, and that if Qualcomm’s chips are good enough, Samsung would use them.
Speaking to the press, Shin stated, “Samsung previously used more Qualcomm mobile processors. But we are flexible. If Qualcomm chips are good enough, then we will use them. Samsung always uses the best-quality components and materials to differentiate our products from those by rivals.
From what we can tell so far, Samsung made the right call by using its own Exynos processor, especially when seeing countless videos of TouchWiz flying when compared to previous iterations. As far as average end users are concerned, the difference between Snapdragon 810 and Exynos chips will go unnoticed, so for now, we can assume Samsung only had consumers in mind when making this decision.