Ever since Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 835, debate begun on what the successor to this flagship SoC will be.
There have been talks of a Snapdragon 840 or Snapdragon 845 as the successor to this year’s chipset, but other sections were adamant that Samsung, the OEM behind the manufacturing of the current SoC, will skip to Snapdragon 850 instead. This was even backed by the fact that Samsung Galaxy S8 has model number SM-G950, which means it skipped from SM-G930 used on the Galaxy S7, dropping what would have been its model number – SM-G940.
China, South Korea and other Asian countries have the fear of four. Here, people think that the number 4 is associated with some kind of bad luck and hence they avoid using it publicly. This is why Samsung skipped the model numbers of its flagship phones and it was thought the next Qualcomm chipset will follow the same path since the Korean company is still in charge of the whole thing. But according to a new listing on the official Qualcomm website, the next flagship chipset will indeed be the Snapdragon 845.
Not so long ago, Sam Mobile reported that the Snapdragon 835 successor for the Galaxy S9 is already in the works. With this latest listing, it only serves to add weight to this recent report, in addition to confirming the exact name of the processor. It will be interesting to see how the Snapdragon 845 name, which includes the number 4, will work out for Asian countries like China where Samsung has in recent times been selling the Snapdragon variant of the flagship Galaxy S and Note series.
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) May 5, 2017
The Snapdragon 835 is currently the most powerful smartphone SoC on the market thanks to Samsung’s 10nm LPE (Low Power Early) FinFET process. However, the South Korean tech giant recently unveiled the second-generation 10nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFET process and although not confirmed, it’s possible that the Snapdragon 845 will be manufactured using this technology.
If true, this 2nd-gen 10nm LLP process will give the Snapdragon 845 up to 10% enhanced performance or an impressive 15% reduced power consumption when compared to the current version. Also, don’t be surprised if this was to be the first chipset to be manufactured by the even better 7nm process, which is currently in the trial phase, if reports from Taiwan are to be believed.
Despite Qualcomm confirming the Snapdragon 845, don’t expect to see any smartphone powered by this chipset in the near future. Like this year, the Galaxy S9 might be the first – or among the first – to ship with this chipset on board. Besides the flagship chipset, the American chipmaker has also listed a series of midrange chipsets that will succeed the Snapdragon 625 and Snapdragon 650 series – Snapdragon 630 and Snapdragon 660 – respectively.