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Samsung's new chipset for handset makers

by on29 December 2015

Exynos 8870 chipset rumoured for Meizu

The dark satanic rumour mill has manufactured a hell on earth yarn which suggests that Samsung is going to be producing a separate Exynos 8870 chipset which is meant to be sold to other handset manufacturers such as Meizu.

Meizu is an obvous choice to try such a chip. The outfit has a history of using Samsung’s latest Exynos chips in its handsets, but this will be better than the chip used in devices like the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy Note 5. While the Exynos 8870 is predicted to be a high-end chip it will have a lower clock speed than the Exynos 8890.

The guess is that the new chip will be first seen in the Meizu PRO 6 and the Meizu PRO 6 mini as the first devices to feature the Exynos 8870.  But more companies will join in. BlackBerry has  been named in some reports as testing an Exynos 7420 chip in their handsets about a month ago.

The Exynos 8870 is a slightly downgraded version of the Exynos 8890 it could lead to cost effective devices with good battery life. But if the company gets enough contracts together it is going to create some serious headaches for Qualcomm.


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