A new report claims Samsung will begin mass-producing its next-generation Exynos 8890 processor beginning in December. The processor is expected to power the Galaxy S7, which some reports claim could launch in January.

It seems like only yesterday that Samsung released its current flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, and it's no surprise that it's well on its way to launching its successors in the form of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.

Most recently, we reported that Samsung had already finalized the design of its next flagship Galaxy S7 smartphones in September in order to meet a rumored January 2016 launch date.

A new report is lending credence to the notion that Samsung could have the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge ready to possibly launch in January.

Business Korea is reporting that industry sources claim that Samsung will begin mass-producing its new Exynos 8890 processor, codenamed "M1" in December. The new chip is designed to allow Samsung's Exynos 8890 better compete with chips from Qualcomm and Apple, since it will be the company's first processor to match the custom CPU cores found in Apple's and Qualcomm's high-end processors. The octa-core Exynos 8890 is believed to have better power efficiency and increased graphics performance, which should address one of the biggest complaints about the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, their battery life.

Unlike the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, which only use Samsung's Exynos processors, it's believed the company will release the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge with an Exynos 8890 processor and Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip, depending on region.

Samsung is expected to add its own flavor of Apple's 3D Touch technology, which was introduced with the company's latest flagship smartphone and phablet, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. There are also rumors that Samsung could bring back microSD expansion slots, something it highlighted as a feature when compared with Apple's iPhones but removed in the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

We'll be sure to keep you posted on any new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge news as it becomes available.

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