Word is coming out that Samsung will have the exclusive rights to the new Snapdragon 820 processor until at least the 1st April 2016. This will mean it will be able to get its Samsung Galaxy S7 flagship manufactured way ahead of other companies.
But why is this even possible? Well the Snapdragon 820 is manufactured by Samsung in its own facilities using 14nm FinFET nodes. Samsung was also the first OEM to test the Snapdragon 820 extensively in its labs, in order to ensure that the overheating issues plaguing the initial Snapdragon 810 batches will not make a comeback in the sequel.
So with Samsung controlling the manufacture it doesn’t surprise me if this exclusivity deal remains in place of the early part of 2016.