It is no secret that next year’s flagship mobiles will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset. It is the successor to the Snapdragon 835, which is used in smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 (US and China versions), Sony Xperia XZ Premium and LG V30. The launch (or more precisely, presentation) of the new chipset will take place at the beginning of December this year.
The Snapdragon 835 was unveiled a year ago at CES 2017 in January. Now it is clear that the specification of the new system will be announced a month earlier. However, most likely, this will not translate into the faster launch of the first smartphones with Snapdragon 845. So far, leaks have been saying that the same as last year, also now the entire first batch of new Qualcomm chips was reserved Samsung. So the first smartphone with the new chipset is supposed to be the Samsung Galaxy S9.
What do we know about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845?
The California mobile chips manufacturer has already confirmed that it is working on the Snapdragon X20 modem. It will probably be in the new SoC. Next year flagships will be category 18 devices, which will support data download through LTE networks at a maximum speed of 1.2 Gbps. Previous rumors suggest that the Snapdragon 845 will be an eight-core processor with four ARM Cortex-A75 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores. The graphics will be generated by the Adreno 630, which is expected to be significantly more efficient than currently used Adreno 540. The new chipset will certainly be more efficient than its predecessor. However, it is unlikely that it will also be much more energy efficient. Current leaks indicate that the Snapdragon 845 will be manufactured by Samsung in the same 10nm FinFET process in which the Snapdragon 835 was made.