Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge have yet to hit stores, but a report from Business Korea seems to already reveal what could turn out to be one of the most important features of next year’s Galaxy S7 family of smartphones.

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Apparently, Samsung is working on its custom chip design that might be ready by the first quarter of 2016. Thus, the processor could be used in next-gen Samsung smartphones and tablets, including the Galaxy S7 that’s likely to be unveiled early next year.

This isn’t the first time Samsung is rumored to be working on its own custom chip, SamMobile says, as the company announced during its 2013 Analyst Day that it was developing both a 64-bit processor based on ARM Cortex architecture – likely the Exynos 7420 found inside the Galaxy S6 models – as well as a chip using in-house custom cores.

According to Business Korea, Samsung execs are very interested in seeing the company improve its semiconductor business. Apparently, Samsung vice chairman Lee Jae-yong wants Samsung Electronics to enhance its semiconductor design and “strengthen technology capability in order to design not only mobile devices but also various semiconductors.”

Furthermore, Samsung is also working on integrating mobile chips and modems in future designs, in order to diminish its reliance on Qualcomm SoCs. Finally, the company reportedly plans on expanding its foundry businesses and diversify product groups to include not only application processors but also graphics processing units and PC chips.

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge already look very promising when it comes to benchmarks, outperforming all existing competitors according to recent leaks, and that’s even without packing custom Samsung-designed chips.

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