Samsung Gobbles Up Nearly All Snapdragon 835 Supply For Galaxy S8 Launch
However, 2017 is a new year and it looks as though there’s a shakeup in store for the status quo. It has been reported that Samsung has taken it upon itself to gobble up nearly all of Qualcomm’s initial Snapdragon 835 production. Samsung wants to ensure that it has an ample supply of the chips to fuel the likely voracious demand for its Galaxy S8 flagship.
In fact, "the Snapdragon 835 won't be available in large quantities until after the Galaxy S8 launches," said one source to Forbes. According to the publication, the Galaxy S8 won’t launch until at least April 15th, which means that other smartphone manufacturers will be twiddling their thumbs for the next few months and will have to rely on the 2016-era Snapdragon 821.
Samsung has a tight relationship with Qualcomm, as the two cooperated on the design and production of the 10-nanometer SoC. This close partnership likely gave Samsung preferential treatment; not to mention its position as titan in Android smartphone sales and its plentiful cash pile.
As for LG, it doesn’t appear to be all that bent out of shape about its position. The company told Forbes that it would rather have a "proven SoC that they can test thoroughly than the latest, fastest.” The South Korean company also indicated that year-over-year improvements in SoC performance aren’t exactly earth-shattering anyway.