The next-generation Samsung Galaxy S7 may come running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
Samsung used Qualcomm's processor in its flagship smartphone for 2014, the Galaxy S5. However, the Korean company used an Exynos processor instead of a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor in the Galaxy S6 launched this year.
ETNews reports the Galaxy S7 project is being called "Jungfrau" and the team behind the project is said to be testing two variants of the Galaxy S7: one running on Snapdragon and the other on Exynos. However, the exact version of the chip to be used in the upcoming Samsung handset is yet to be confirmed.
The Exynos processor has been welcomed by Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge owners. The Exynos processor is capable of handling activities on the handset without any interruption. It is unclear why Samsung is testing Snapdragon for the Galaxy S7.
ETNews also claims that Samsung is perhaps testing both processors to find the best one for the Galaxy S7.
Market experts believe that the overheating issues of the Snapdragon 810 processor may have compelled Samsung to deploy the Exynos processor. Many users of the Sony Xperia Z3+, also known as the Xperia Z4 in Japan, which includes the Snapdragon 810 processor, have complained of overheating issues with their handsets.
Some retail shops in Japan also issued a warning to customers who wanted to buy devices that included Snapdragon 810 processor. Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo even placed a poster in its stores that highlighted the overheating issues on three Snapdragon 810 processor devices, including the Sony Xperia Z4, Fujitsu Arrows NX and Sharp Aquos Zeta.
The Galaxy S series of smartphones is one of the top-selling handset series for Samsung, and the company will not want to leave any stones unturned before finalizing the specs for the smartphone. Samsung normally launches the Galaxy S version of its handsets in February every year, which means that the company has enough time to determine the best processor for the Galaxy S7.
For now, most smartphone enthusiasts are waiting for the launch of the Galaxy Note 5, which may be unveiled in September.
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