Samsung has reportedly increased the price of the mobile processors it manufactures for Apple’s iOS devices by 20 percent, according to South Korean daily newspaper Chosun Ilbo (via MarketWatch), which says it received the information with someone familiar with negotiations between the two firms.
Samsung has confirmed that they are working on 64-bit processors, with a goal of releasing them this year. Samsung will build these processors under their Exynos name, which appears in many of Samsung’s devices.
Not only does the rumor claim that Apple is shifting to TSMC, but that there will also be a die shrink down from the 32-nanometers that Samsung is currently capable of producing to a much finer 20-nanometers.
Thus far, the race between Apple and Samsung for title of top global smartphone provider has been a neck-to-neck affair with one company or the other occasionally receiving a boost from an analyst firm declaring that yes, Apple or yes, Samsung was in the lead. It has happened again.
Samsung plans to blunt some of the impact of Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone 5 with a new Galaxy S4 introduced next February at the Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, according to a report in The Korea Times and other accounts.
The Korean Times report, which quotes parts suppliers and anonymous company officials, also said that Samsung is working with U.S.
Yesterday, JD Power released its newest tablet satisfaction study and the Internet went a bit nuts. For the first time, Samsung had edged out perennial favorite Apple in customer satisfaction on tablets.
You may have noticed that smartphone manufacturers seem to be in a race to not only one-up each other, but also to keep pushing the limits of hardware specs. In the field of displays, there is an on-going push to increase the pixels-per-inch (PPI) count on mobile devices. Samsung has been touting 3GB of RAM in their latest devices.