Compared to the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Note 20, a higher percentage of Galaxy S21 (S30) models will ship with an internal Exynos chip if new relationship is about to pass.
Samsung received Widespread criticism of Exynos 990-powered Galaxy S20 models. The company usually equips North American and Chinese flagships with Qualcomm-made chips and European and Asian models with their own SoCs.
Although Samsung would never admit it publicly, the the performance gap between chips has widened over the years. It got so bad that the company doesn’t use proprietary silicon for its own domestic market more. According to estimates, 80% of this year’s models are powered by a Snapdragon chip.
This has apparently led to some internal changes. Samsung dropped work on its custom Mongoose CPU which was used for its chips. It will reportedly use instead Cores designed by ARM for its upcoming Exynos chip, and that would bring it on par, at least partially, with the Snapdragon 875.
Starting in 2022, Samsung will reportedly replace Mali GPUs with AMD’s Radeon GPUs, which are expected to boost graphics significantly.
Analysts believe this move would help Samsung strengthen its mobile AP business. Its next flagship chip is apparently called the Exynos 1000 and the report indicates that it will be sold to other manufacturers as well.
Samsung reportedly ships around 150-200 million units of SoCs annually, and most of them are used for their phones. With its renewed focus on performance, the company is apparently trying to grab some market share from Qualcomm, which is the current market leader.
The chip maker recently raised its prices, which was reported has turned some customers away. Its next premium chip may end up being even more expensive than the Snapdragon 865, and this could lead to an increase in the price of Android smartphones.
Samsung supposedly wants to use this opportunity to position its chips as a cost-effective alternative for mobile device vendors. It already sells chips to Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo.
Does this mean that all variants of the Galaxy S21 will be powered by an Exynos chip?
The increased use of Exynos chips would also allow the company to reduce the production costs of its smartphones. Whether that benefit will be passed on remains to be seen, as the company does not shy away from pocketing high margins, as is evident from a recent report.
What is clear, though, is that Samsung is feeling matted due to the hike in the price of flagship Snapdragon processors. A relationship has come to say that it will skip the new Snapdragon chip and recycle the Snapdragon 865 for the Galaxy S21 or equip all models with internal chips. As the Snapdragon 875 is likely to retain a sizable lead over the Exynos 1000, we don’t see that happening.
But then again, a fresh one The report states that Samsung is planning to deliberately weaken the Galaxy Note and S series phones in an effort to increase demand for its foldable phones. The source warns that the Galaxy S21 won’t be “powerful enough,” implying it won’t have a high-end chip under the hood.
As the company increases production and achieves new discoveries, the cost of production will go down. This would allow it to lower the retail price of its foldable phones and achieve its supposed goal of marketing them as de facto flagship devices.
It looks like a risky plan for 2021 when considering current and anticipated peak shipments. Hence, it is best to take this piece with a strong dose of salt.