Not even as an Exynos alternative, and not even down the line, according to inside sources.
Filtering the credible Galaxy S6 speculation from the unfounded hooey is no easy feat with every shady Korean blog claiming to know a guy who knows a guy who works at Samsung. But Bloomberg is no obscure Asian publication, and when they say they’re in contact with people with “direct knowledge of the matter”, that’s usually true.
The news agency is today playing the dependable intel card again, hinting at a scenario timidly suggested by a few tipsters before. Namely, one where Sammy is losing patience with Qualcomm, and scrapping the long-standing partnership due to Snapdragon 810 overheating issues wildly denied by the chip maker.
Scrapping, as in altogether, yes. As in, no Galaxy S6 will ever come out with an S810 inside. Instead, both the US and international variants, and presumably the S6 Edge too, shall pack Exynos 7420 heat. The 7420 is similar to the Snapdragon 810 in that it employs four Cortex-A57 and four Cortex-A53 cores in a big.LITTLE arrangement, and it supports 64-bit operations.
But it’s also slightly different, as it’s supposedly based on advanced 14 nm architecture, unlike the 20 nm S810. In theory, Sammy should therefore gain in energy efficiency while not compromising raw speed.
All in all, it sounds like Qualcomm’s production woes aren’t the greatest loss for Samsung, but the million-dollar question is can they handle Galaxy S6 demand with just their Exynos manufacturing skills? That hasn’t been the case for any previous Galaxy flagship, but there’s a start for everything, right?
Back to Bloomberg’s scoop for one last instance, we should stress the report also contains a (vague) S6 ETA – “as early as March.” They probably mean the actual commercial release, not just the formal introduction, mind you, so the Korean mobile kings are apparently targeting an aggressive, swift turnaround.