This news casts a rather interesting light on the credibility of rumours and leaks coming from various sources. Recently, we have more and more information about upcoming flagships that would be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 836, which was supposed to be a slightly overclocked version of Snapdragon 835. However, a person familiar with the plans of this manufacturer of mobile chipsets reported that Qualcomm is not planning to release this SoC.
Earlier rumours were that this chipset was supposed to drive the forthcoming frameless Xiaomi flagship smartphone, which is Mi Max 2. However, the manufacturer officially confirmed that the new smartphone will have an “ordinary” Snapdragon 835 processor. But such a move should not be surprised anyone. Especially because initially the manufacturers had a problem with the availability of this chip and some even opted to use last year’s Snapdragon 821.
Google's second-generation Pixel handsets, powered by Snapdragon 836 SoC's, will be unveiled on October 5th.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 24, 2017
Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 turned out to be an unconfirmed rumour.
Such reports undermine the credibility of many leaks. Not so long ago we had an information emerged that Snapdragon 836 will be used in new smartphones from Google, namely Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. But that will not happen. Two independent and reliable services (XDA Developers and Android Police) refer to their own sources, which know the Qualcomm plans. The truth is that the rumours about the Snapdragon 836 chipset were quite reliable (i.e. they came from sources that in the past turned out to be very precise and accurate) and fit in with what was happening in the smartphone market last year. The flagships that came out in the second half of last year were equipped with the Snapdragon 821, which differs from the 820 with higher clock rates (2.35 GHz instead of 2.15 GHz). Therefore, it was assumed that this year will be a similar situation.
Qualcomm believes that the Snapdragon 835 is a very good chipset and does not need to be upgraded. That’s why the next SoC for the flagship mobiles, which we should expect, is the Snapdragon 845. We do not know much about its specs yet, but it has an LTE Advanced category 18 modem with support of up to 1.2 Gbps download speed. Of course, it is not excluded that Qualcomm will release some chipsets later this year, but they will be designed for mid-range and lower-end devices.