Samsung has revealed that it has started mass production of its next-generation chips using 10 nanometre technology – the first company to ever do so.
Mass production of the chipset indicates that Samsung already has a plan in place for using these chips and chances are that it might use the chips in its next-generation Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge devices, but these are just speculations as Samsung itself hasn’t revealed where it will be using these SoCs.
According to plans, 2017 is the year when devices powered by these chips will be officially released and if we look at the timeline of products that are slated for a 2017 release from Samsung, the S8 and S8 Edge fit just about right. Considering that Samsung’s Galaxy Note series of smartphones might not see a new member owing to the recent massive global recall and shuttering of production and sales, the only device that could have these chips are the S8 and S8 Edge.
Samsung may likely use the chips on lower-end smartphones, but that’s a longshot considering that these chips won’t come cheap and Samsung wouldn’t want to make a loss right off the bat by introducing these chips in low- or medium-end smartphones where it can’t charge a premium for these chips.
South Korea’s Electronic Times reported this month that Samsung will be the sole contract manufacturer of Qualcomm Inc’s high-end Snapdragon 830 chips using 10-nanometre production technology and these processors will be used in half of Samsung’s next Galaxy S smartphones expected to launch in early 2017.