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Qualcomm blocked Samsung’s Exynos sale to other OEMs

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Samsung’s homebaked silicon has been exclusively powering Galaxy smartphones for quite some time now but the South Korean tech giant did want to sell to sell it to other phone manufacturers.

According to a report by Korea Economic Daily, Samsung is barred from selling its Exynos chipsets by no other than the world’s top mobile chipset supplier, Qualcomm. Using the “standard essential patent” licenses, which define technical standards like Wi-Fi and 4G, Samsung was prevented from selling its modems and chips for 25 years.

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This was confirmed by South Korea Fair Trade Commission’s resolution on the case of Qualcomm. The resolution states, “Samsung Electronics has been blocked from selling its modem chipsets to other smartphone manufacturers due to a license deal it signed with Qualcomm.”

Exynos chipsets have been proven to pack a lot of oomph as seen with Samsung Galaxy S and Note series. North American variants do sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets, though, which shows there’s another deal within the two parties.

If Samsung was able to distribute Exynos to other OEMs, would you prefer it over, let’s say, MediaTek?

Via: Digital Trends

This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

8 Responses

  1. tae says:

    Ang panget ng mediatek please. pag ganyan nasa phone mapapa dawalang isip ka na agad.

  2. Ren says:

    One good thing i noticed with exynos, the device with it doesnt get hot compared to snapdragon

  3. Jay says:

    Mas the best ang Qualcomm kysa exynus

  4. Pekto_Yasay says:

    Pangit mtk, lalo na sa mobile data. no choice lang sa budget conscious like me.

  5. et tu? says:

    Pero yung Sony Xperia XZ premium na ipinakita sa MWC 2017 ay merong Snapdragon 835. Paano nangyari yun?? By the way, maganda ang disenyo ng XZ premium at hindi nanggagaya ang Sony (at sana manatiling ganon) sa Samsung at Apple.

    • el gato says:

      baka may engineering samples lahat ng qualcomm OEM partners pero samsung ang may exclusive rights to use first batch of sd 835 socs.
      baka after one or two months, susunod na yung iba…

  6. archie says:

    Exynos is way ahead than snapdragon in many ways. Even huawei’s kirin is more power efficient than sd. Qualcomm just found a way to prevent exynos from spreading too much in 2017 products.

  7. el gato says:

    greedy samsung… first they got exclusive first batch of sd 835, then they have to sell their ‘extra’ exynos soc…
    big companies should not abuse their power since great things come from innovation and competition.
    hay… kailan kaya maka sd 835/836 yung myphone at cherrymobile sa presyong 10000php? ;)
    tulog pa more! managinip muna ako… ;)

    (on this note, i abhor amd ryzen’s price hike compared to previous gen more affordable cpus and love it for providing new value/peformance over intel competitor…)

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