Yonhap News reports that Samsung and Qualcomm have concluded a deal to produce chipsets with support for 5G for budget smartphones. The source assumes that we are talking about the upcoming series of Snapdragon 400, which will be used in affordable smartphones that support networks of the 5th generation.
Currently, the South Korean giant produces several chipsets with 5G support for Qualcomm, including Snapdragon 690, using 8nm process, as well as Snapdragon 765/768 on 7nm process using EUV-lithography. Considering the price category that the 400 series chips are aimed at, it is likely that this order will be executed using 8nm process.
The first companies to use the new chips in their smartphones will be Xiaomi, Oppo and Motorola. These devices are due to go on sale early next year, which means that chip production will start this fall, probably in the very near future.
Samsung lost the battle to TSMC for the contract to supply the flagship single crystal systems Snapdragon. In this case, Samsung is working with Nvidia in the production of graphics processors series 3000. IBM also chose Samsung to produce its new Power10 processors using the 7nm EUV process.