It's always a busy year for Samsung, but this year is going to be even busier. As we recall, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus flagships are launching very soon, either with a Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 SoC, depending on the market.
Recently, leaks revealed that the Korean tech giant is going to release its first smartphone with a 10nm SoC, and how much the company is willing to pay for the development of their production lines.
Samsung announced that they are going to invest a whopping USD 6.98 billion (KRW8 trillion) to extend production lines, and is also going to build 7nm manufacturing facilities in the year 2018. According to industry sources, the company has already ordered various equipment from trusted foreign partners for their extension plans. The said equipment are to arrive sometime on May 2017, and by the second quarter of the same year, Samsung will allot USD 2.18 Billion to the current 10nm manufacturing lines.
Why the sudden shift in gear? Well, Samsung Electronics main rival in the market 'TSMC', recently closed a deal with Apple with regards to manufacturing their A10 and A10X chipsets. And so, with this much motivation, not to mention cost in investment, the Korean tech giant expects to produce 30,000 7nm processors every month. The 7nm processors are to be equipped on 2018 smartphones, or so it is expected to be, but of course demands for 7nm processor is expected to be less than of 10nm processors.