A recent report suggests that Qualcomm and Samsung are strengthening their collaboration by working together on a proprietary SoC that will be used only in next Galaxy devices. It’s possible that San Diego’s chipmaker is working on an even more powerful solution to expand upon its ‘Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy’ plan.
Revegnus, a known leaker, has tweeted that Qualcomm’s intentions include more than only the release of a Snapdragon chipset with higher CPU and GPU rates. A bespoke chipset will be designed for the Galaxy series, the person said, but details are sketchy at the moment.
Given that he says it will be out in 2025, we may assume that it will coexist with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 5 chipset, following Qualcomm’s naming conventions from the announcement of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Notably, Revegnus suggests that in addition to the specialised Exynos processor for the Galaxy series, an undisclosed SoC will also be available.
Regardless of whatever chipsets are utilized, however, it is believed that they will be manufactured in large quantities using Samsung’s 3GAP process. The rumor suggests that by 2024, Samsung will be using their second-generation 3nm GAA process for mass manufacturing, which is consistent with the company’s projected timeline.
Considering the gains seen in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 as a consequence of Qualcomm’s move to TSMC, we’re puzzled as to why the tipster would suggest that future smartphone SoCs will resort to migrating to Samsung’s foundry; maybe the tipster is aware of something we’re not. Maybe it’s just another unsubstantiated rumor, however.
Until we see the unique Qualcomm processor in action, which may be many years from now, it’s better not to jump to any conclusions about the reliability of the rumors surrounding it.