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Samsung’s Galaxy S8 could get huge boost to power or battery life

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Samsung’s Galaxy S8 has the potential to be way more powerful (or have a much better battery life) than its predecessor thanks to brand new chip technology.

Starting today, Samsung is manufacturing the industry’s first chips built using a 10nm FinFET manufacturing process. This means the transistors are far smaller than those built onto the 14nm and 16nm chips that appeared in last year’s Galaxy S7. As a result, we’d expect that a 10nm chip would be much less power-hungry, and potentially more powerful, than a chip built using a less efficient manufacturing process.

Jong Shik Yoon, the Executive VP of Samsung’s Foundry Business, said: “The industry’s first mass production of 10nm FinFET technology demonstrates our leadership in advanced process technology. We will continue our efforts to innovate scaling technologies and provide differentiated total solutions to our customers.”

According to Samsung, the new transistor design will mean that transistors can be placed on a chip in with 30% greater area efficiency. The company also claims that the end result will be 27% higher performance or 40% lower power consumption. That’s good news for smartphone owners everywhere.

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So when will customers get these souped-up smartphones? Well if the manufacturing kicks off today, then we’d expect to see handsets debuting with 10nm chips on board early next year. And Samsung has already vowed to start mass-producing a second-generation version of its 10nm chips as soon as the second half of 2017.

Samsung hasn’t actually announced any partners yet, but earlier this month, South Korea’s Electronic Times reported that Samsung would be the sole manufacturer for Qualcomm’s rumoured Snapdragon 830 chip. That’s the US chipmaker’s still-unannounced flagship chip, which should power the most powerful smartphones of 2017. Most importantly, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is sure to use a 10nm chip, although it’s not clear whether it will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 830, a Samsung-branded Exynos chip, or both (depending on your region). It’s also worth mentioning that Apple is expected to introduce a 10nm chip with next year’s iPhone 8 too.

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What would you like to see from the Galaxy S8? Let us know in the comments.

John Smith

October 17, 2016, 9:45 am

Didn't TSMC claim they were going to get there first? No one ever brings up these things to remind us what BS was spun.

FlippityGibbit

October 17, 2016, 10:36 am

Start talking about your wonderful chip technology only after you've mastered battery making technology!

Menorca Man

October 17, 2016, 11:39 am

To heck with a 27% increase in performance, give me the 40% reduction in power consumption!!

Eric DEMDJIAN

October 17, 2016, 2:29 pm

Please Samsung, paste on a Spen on the 5.5 "!!

Sean Keach

October 17, 2016, 3:01 pm

Not sure if they said they would be first, but they definitely said they would start production in the second half of 2016 (with 7nm coming next year). As far as I'm aware, TSMC manufacturing hasn't started for 10nm yet

Sean Keach

October 17, 2016, 3:03 pm

Ooh, burn...

Logan Burrows

October 17, 2016, 4:26 pm

Performance and power consumption are directly proportional to each other. If a processor can more efficiently perform tasks, it will consume less energy.

Logan Burrows

October 17, 2016, 4:29 pm

Samsung, like many companies, outsources the manufacturing of certain components to different companies. Samsung themselves don't make the batteries -- a company called TMI in South Korea does. However, it may not have even been the battery that was an issue. If the device allows too much charge density to reside around the capacitors in the device, it will combust because capacitors can only hold so much energy. In short: without an exclusive report from a tedious investigation, we don't know what ACTUALLY caused the devices to combust, we just know they did in a certain area of the phone -- the area that the battery resides in.

Floris

October 17, 2016, 7:38 pm

S8 will be a killer phone, an absolute beauty and a terrible beast and blow all other phones away.

Blazing fast CPU and GPU with Vulkan, fantastic 4K SuperAmoled or Qled VR screen, 3-4 day battery life on one single charge, even bettery camera than the S7 camera which is the best smartphone camera as of now, improved retina scanner, IP 69, full glass front with in-screen fingerprint scanner, 6 Gb internal memory, 256 Gb expandable memory, allways on display and Samsung Pay with MST support.

Besides that maybe a foldable screen and if not the Galaxy X will feature that foldable screen. No other smartphone will even come close to the S8 during 2017.

Word is that Samsung is about using a brand new battery technology called 'Solid Oxidy Fuel Cell'. These new batteries will mean charging your phone once a week.

See http://www.pocket-lint.com/...

Megyeri Sandor

October 17, 2016, 9:30 pm

They actually make batteries (or they will at least). At the moment they are building a battery factory here in Hungary :D. (Of course I do not know if the batteries in the Note 7 are made by Samsung)

Gunther Fenz

October 18, 2016, 4:01 am

Yeah, sounds great on paper doesn't it? But after seeing mobile processors getting more powerful each time, have you seen a huge reduction in power consumption? You live in a dream world. When processors get more powerful, they're handed more tasks by the system, so in general you hardly gain anything.

Sh Joy

October 18, 2016, 9:21 am

i want to see samsung galaxy s8 with both side curved design & 5.7 inch display,ram should be 6 gb,there should have s-pen,nd dual lense camera nd irish scanner also

FlippityGibbit

October 18, 2016, 11:15 am

Then obviously they might not have mastered the technology relating to battery usage as well. Given that I trust the new chip will require battery power and battery usage technology the point I'm making is it is important to me, as a Samsung customer that they persuade me they have mastered the technology relating to their battery / exploding / burning phones before they try and entice me to buy some wonderful new product using possibly the same defective power technology.
"Buy my car it goes 205 mph! Sorry, but the tyres explode once it hits 30!"

henry3dogg

October 19, 2016, 2:25 pm

"Samsung’s Galaxy S8 could get huge boost to power or battery life"

Then expect Samsung's Note 8 to be able to take down whole buildings.

henry3dogg

October 19, 2016, 2:29 pm

The first time that Samsung withdrew the Note 7, it was to move from batteries that they made themselves, to ones from an outside supplier.

However in all probability the fault was in the Samsung designed and manufactured power regulation.

But in either case, the real problem was in Samsung's cavalier attitude to quality and testing.

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