Samsung May Have Snapdragon 820 Exclusivity Until April, Leaving LG and Sony Stuck

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

According to mutterings coming out of China, Samsung’s bagged itself exclusive rights to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chip until April 2016. If the rumours are true, the South Korean firm would be the only smartphone manufacturer with access to the processor. With MWC taking place in February -- and releases usually following soon after -- that could put rival companies in a bit of a sticky spot.

Previous gossip suggested that Samsung was planning on introducing two variants of the Galaxy S7 early next year, with one running an Exynos processor and the other using the Snapdragon 820. If this exclusive Qualcomm deal is real, Samsung will be lauding it over its competitors. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?

That said, LG decided to opt for the Snapdragon 808, rather than the 810, in its G4, and that’s a terrific phone. Its follow-up, the LG G5, is expected to land at the Barcelona showcase as a 5.6-incher with a QHD display, a 21-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel selfie sensor. [G for Games via Weibo]

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