Samsung to manufacture Qualcomm's upcoming 5G chipset for premium phones
The deal worth about $1 billion elevates Samsung from a relatively large chipset supplier for the smartphone market to a major position. Reports claim Samsung's offer was slightly better than TSMC's, but no numbers were revealed in the report.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 875 chipset (tentative name) is manufactured using a 5-nanometer process and it's aimed at premium smartphones. The new chipset is expected to be unveiled in December, but the first devices powered by Snapdragon 875 won't be ready until next year.
Samsung Galaxy S21 and other flagships from Xiaomi and Oppo will be among the first to pack Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 875 processor, which also includes 5G support. Samsung Electronics has already started the mass production of the new chipset at its foundry line in South Korea.