We already know that this year’s high end Android phones will be (are) equipped with the Samsung-made Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, which is based on the 10nm process.
But in a new Samsung rumor, it appears that the tech giant has plans to manufacture two Snapdragon chipsets for the 2018 high end Android phones, where some will use the Snapdragon 840 while others will be equipped with a Snapdragon 845.
Previous reports had confirmed that Qualcomm and Samsung have already started working on a flagship chipset that will come after Snapdragon 835. While it was initially thought that this processor will be called Snapdragon 850, it later emerged that Qualcomm will call it Snapdragon 845. But in a new Geekbench listing, a pair of Samsung Galaxy phones has appeared powered by two processors – a Snapdragon 840 and a Snapdragon 845.
From the details, one of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy phones has model number SM-G9600 while the other has model number SM-G9650. Where the former, which should be the Galaxy S9, has Snapdragon 840 on board, the latter – Galaxy S9+ – has Snapdragon 845. If this new Samsung rumor is to be believed, we are looking at two flagship processors for 2018 high end Android phones, much like what happened last year with the Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 821.
In May, South Korea’s The Bell reported another Samsung rumor, stating that the company had already begun plans for building the next Galaxy S phones. At the time, the publication said that the Galaxy S9 will enter development somewhere between July and August and from what has just appeared on Geekbench, it could indeed be true that the company has already started putting together the phone.
One reason behind this early development of the Galaxy S9 is to avoid a repeat of what happened this year. In the recent past, Samsung unveiled its Galaxy S flagships at February’s MWC event, but it missed out this year and unveiled it a month later on March 29. This also meant that the phone was released on April 21 as opposed to last year’s March 10 release date for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
With more than six months before the MWC 2018 event is here, there’s no doubt that the first high end Android phones from Samsung for 2018 will be ready in time for this event. It also means that the successors to the likes of LG G6, HTC U Ultra and other Snapdragon 821-powered high end Android phones released in Q1 2017 will get to use the 2018 flagship chipsets.