The company’s mobile chief, JK Shin has now come out and publicly mentioned the reasoning behind this, while also clarifying that there’s no love lost between Samsung and Qualcomm. Here’s his statement on the matter – “Samsung previously used more Qualcomm mobile processors. But we are flexible. If Qualcomm chips are good enough, then we will use them. Samsung always uses the best-quality components and materials to differentiate our products from those by rivals.”
The subtle jibe at Qualcomm makes it clear that the company originally intended to use the Snapdragon chipset for its flagship. But as reports of overheating began to surface, Samsung is believed to have expressed discontent with using the chipset. The use of Exynos 7420 certainly wasn’t last minute though, so the plan has been in motion for quite some time now.
At least this way, the company can maintain uniformity all over the world with the entirety of its Galaxy S6 population running the same chipset.