The testing is reportedly to check the Snapdragon 820’s eligibility for Samsung’s next flagship.
Samsung’s move towards exclusively using its own chipset over the Snapdragon 810 to power all its 2015 flagships was an unsurprising one, considering the company’s Exynos chip is the fastest among the competition while the Snapdragon 810 has been the hottest, at least when it comes to the operating temperature. The Snapdragon 820 is expected to bring Qualcomm back to its glory days, and Samsung has reportedly been tasked with producing the chip.
Now, a report from the Korean media indicates Samsung is in the process of rigorously testing the Snapdragon 820 ahead of its launch next year. The testing is apparently being done to make sure the 820 can keep its cool unlike its predecessor. Samsung had said earlier that it would use Qualcomm’s SoC’s again if the occasion calls for it, and if the Korean giant can keep the Snapdragon 820’s temperature under control, it could indeed use the chip in the Galaxy S7 or the next Galaxy Note flagship in 2016.
The Snapdragon 820 will mark Qualcomm’s return to quad-core top-end smartphone processors, and will feature the company’s custom 64-bit Kyro cores instead of the standard ARM Cortex cores. The GPU will be the Adreno 530, which will theoretically be 40 percent faster and also save power by the same amount. Rumors had pegged the 820’s debut on smartphones as early as the end of this year, but Qualcomm has since confirmed that the SoC will only be seen on devices in 2016.