The System On a Chip (SOC) that Samsung had used in the Z2 Tizen smartphone was a tight secret despite most of the details of the phone was leaked prior to its launch. Rumors were also spread that the device could possibly employ one of its own Exynos SOC. However, post the launch of the device it was found that Samsung had continued with a Spreadtrum SOC. The Z2 has the Spreadtrum SC9830i SOC and although the world already knows this fact, Spreadtrum Communications recently took some time to talk about it at an event in Shanghai, China.
The healthy relationship between Samsung and Spreadtrum has resulted in the latter company's SOCs in multiple Samsung devices like the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 and Galaxy J2 (2016). In addition to these, every Tizen smartphone till date- the Z1, Z3 and now the Z2 are embedded with a Spreadtrum SOC namely SC7727S, SC7730S and SC9830i respectively. The major USP of the newly launched Samsung Z2 has to be its 4G LTE connectivity and the Spreadtrum SC9830i chipset's 5-mode (TDD-LTE/FDD-LTE/TD-SCDMA/WCDMA/HSPA(+)/GSM/GPRS/EDGE) baseband support is the driving factor behind it. The SC9830i is built on a 28nm fabrication process and features 4 energy efficient ARM Cortex A7 cores clocked at 1.5 GHz.
Apart from the SC9830i, the Z2 also uses the Spreadtrum SC2723M power management chip, SR3593S RF chip, and Spreadtrum’s 3in1 connectivity chip SC2331S.
Dr. Leo Li, Chairman and CEO of Spreadtrum commented on the occasion-
We are pleased that Samsung Z2 platform chose Spreadtrum’s LTE solution for the first time that builds on our long standing relationship. It’s exciting to see our technology enabling our large world top-tier device manufacturers such as Samsung to become more successful global players.”