Samsung makes its own mobile chipsets with its Exynos series. For the most part, the Exynos chipsets have largely been exclusive to Samsung devices but could change in 2021 according to a report out of Korea. A new report claims Samsung could expand on the availability of its Exynos chipsets where more non-Samsung handsets could adopt it.
Some Chinese handset makers such as Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi have apparently used Exynos chipsets (presumably on a small scale) in some of their devices, so this is not entirely out of the question, but the report does suggest that Samsung could make its Exynos chipsets available to even more manufacturers, stealing market share aware from Qualcomm and MediaTek.
They also point out that the US trade war with China is also the perfect opportunity for Samsung to get a foot in the door. As part of the trade war, the US government has essentially banned US companies from trading with Chinese companies such as Huawei. They even made it so that non-US companies that rely on US technology are affected as well, which is why TSMC could soon stop helping Huawei make its Kirin chipsets.
That being said, we’re not necessarily sure if the proliferation of Exynos chipsets is a good thing. Samsung has come under fire over performance discrepancies between phones that use Exynos and Qualcomm chipsets. The company had insisted that there are no differences, but there is a perception that the most powerful Exynos chipsets deliver lower performance and battery efficiency.
The widespread availability of Exynos chipsets to more smartphone manufacturers should have little impact on the devices sold in the United States. Due to patent restrictions, Exynos devices are typically not sold in North America.