Out of Korea comes word that Samsung is planning on adding a modem to its Exynos chips. This will allow Samsung's Exynos chipsets to challenge Qualcomm's Snapdragon SoC for that all important space under the hood of high-end Galaxy devices. Word is that Sammy will start rolling the chips out for the premium market during the fourth quarter of this year. And that means that depending on the timing, we could see the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 powered by the manufacturer's home grown chip worldwide. More certain is that the Samsung Galaxy S7, not due until March 2016, will feature the new Exynos chipset under the hood.
Earlier today, we told you that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 outscored the Exynos 7420 in AnTuTu's benchmark test. There were some interesting test results, such as the 15% higher score tallied by the Samsung chip's Mali-T760 GPU for 3D graphics, suggesting that Sammy's SoC could be the better one for gaming.
Samsung's decision to reduce its reliance on Qualcomm, whether explicitly stated or not, comes at an interesting time as the company's dominance in the smartphone world is slipping. This could be temporary and merely the result of Apple's decision to offer larger screened iPhones. Or, Samsung's fall from grace could be symptomatic of a larger problem affecting the company's smartphone offerings.