Qualcomm commands the majority of the smartphone chipset market and you would be hard pressed to find a smartphone these days that isn’t powered by a Qualcomm chipset. That might change in 2021 though, at least according to a tweet which claims that Samsung could ditch Qualcomm in favor of using its own Exynos chipsets.
One of the reasons is said to be due to costs, where we had previously reported that the Snapdragon 875 is said to be priced as much as $100 more than the Snapdragon 865. This is a huge jump in costs, especially when companies like Samsung produce devices in the millions.
Samsung already uses Exynos for its phones, where depending on the region, it may use a Qualcomm chipset or an Exynos chipset. While it is understandable that Samsung might want to save on costs, there is the issue of performance. Benchmarks have suggested that the Exynos chipsets do not perform on the same level as Qualcomm, despite the company insisting that there is no difference.
I can confirm that Samsung won't use Snapdragon 865 again for their S21, instead I heard that Samsung could use Exynos 1000 for all S21 varrient (US, China included) https://t.co/XN99kJMRVe
— Your favourite Chun is back (@Boby25846908) July 7, 2020
There have even been petitions signed calling on Samsung to stop using the Exynos chipset. This isn’t to say that Samsung can’t improve on the Exynos’ design or performance, but whether or not it will be in time to compete with the Snapdragon 875 remains to be seen. Until we can get the official details or a statement, take it with a grain of salt.