MWC 2013: Huawei, ZTE will stick to Qualcomm, Nvidia, homegrown SoCs rather than use Samsung's Octo-core chip

Spokespersons for both ZTE and Huawei, which have rapidly become household names in the smartphone business, have confirmed that their companies are not interested in adopting Samsung’s latest wonder, the Exynos 5 Octa.

Instead, both said that they were keen on expanding their relationships with their existing chipset providers like Qualcomm or Nvidia, according to a report published in the Korean Times.

A Huawei official went as far as saying “Only Samsung uses Samsung chips,” before adding, “We have our partnership with Qualcomm and our own chip business. We want to expand our own chips for devices.”

Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa was unveiled earlier this year at MWC and is likely to be the first chip on the market to have adopted ARM’s big.LITTLE core-switching, power saving technology.

Earlier today, we reported exclusively on new Antutu benchmark figures for the Exynos 5 Octa and on the prototype tablet from Samsung that uses the Exynos chip and was on display at ARM.

Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy S4 with an Exynos 5 Octa chip, whether or not it will use its own LTE chip or adopt Qualcomm’s Snapdragon range in some market remains to be seen.