Qualcomm Inc. announced on Tuesday a new flagship smartphone chip that will feature enhanced gaming and photo capabilities and will be produced by Samsung’s chip manufacturing division (Samsung Electronics Co Ltd).
Called the Snapdragon 888, the 5G chip sits at the top of Qualcomm’s line of mobile processors. Smartphones containing these chips should be released in the first quarter of next year.
High-end Android phones from Xiaomi Corp and LG Electronics Inc are expected to use the chip.
This is the first time for Samsung, which is competing with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), will make Qualcomm’s flagship chip through its new 5-nanometer smartphone chip process. The South Korean company won a contract for a 5G chip from Qualcomm earlier this year.
Apple’s new iPhone also uses a chip made with 5 nanometer technology, but analysts believe the iPhone chip is manufactured by TSMC.
This year’s chips are focused on improving the overall task, said Alex Katuzian, senior vice president of Qualcomm’s mobile, computing and infrastructure projects, quoted by Reuters.
The new chip can process 120 high-resolution photos per second, while the chip’s new artificial intelligence processor will allow the software to select the top five photos and combine them into one final image.
Katuzian announced that the order for the Snapdragon 888 will not be split between Samsung and TSMC, adding that Samsung is best suited for this chip in terms of design requirements and deadlines.
“I think it would be really bad if you had to split your resources into two different productions for a particular chip,” he said. “We are working hard with the manufacturer and we are very, very confident in what we want to use a few years before the chip comes out.”