The two largest mobile processor manufacturers, Qualcomm and MediaTek, have been forced to postpone the release of the latest chips. The reason was the high production costs of the new generation using the 7 nm process technology. These processors should bring a performance boost of 20% -30%.
Qualcomm has to delay production of the Snapdragon 855 until early 2019, which will be great news for competitors like Apple. Already in September, Apple will unveil three new iPhones that will run on the 7nm A12 processor. They are produced by the Taiwanese company TSMC.
The only other turnkey company right now seems to be Huawei. It recently announced the Kirin 980 processor. Huawei has spent about $ 300 million on research and development of a new manufacturing process. It was the hardest task she had ever faced. As a result, the company should become the second to release smartphones based on similar chips. Huawei Mate 20 Pro and younger model will be presented on October 16.
As for the rest, factories have focused on improving the current and previous generation of 12/14 nm chips used in smartphones above average. This segment of mobile devices is growing faster than others, so many developers are sure that modern performance is enough here. They are not going to postpone the release of new smartphones while waiting for the processors.
Companies like Globalfoundries have postponed 7nm FinFET processors indefinitely. It looks like we will soon see a significant performance gap between flagship smartphones. Apple is already leading even with last year's chips, and new ones will give it an even bigger lead.
The Topic of Article: Apple beats Qualcomm.