There’s a huge debate about what the successor to the 2017 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 will be called, with one camp pointing towards Qualcomm Snapdragon 840 while the other camp is adamant that the 2018 smartphone flagship chipset will be called Snapdragon 850.
At the moment, it is indeed very difficult to choose between these two, however, the reasoning behind the possible skipping of Qualcomm Snapdragon 840 in favor of Snapdragon 850 has just received some – official – backing thanks to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships.
The FCC has certified a series of model numbers for the two phones, where Samsung Galaxy S8 has been confirmed with model number SM-G950 whereas the larger Galaxy S8+ has model number SM-G955. If you do remember well, Samsung Galaxy S6 and its Edge counterpart came with model numbers SM-G920 and SM-G925 while last year’s S7 and S7 Edge have model numbers SM-G930 and SM-G935, respectively.
Rather than come in with the expected model numbers SM-G940 and SM-G945 for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Samsung has skipped to SM-G950 and SM-G955, something that has everything to do with traditional beliefs in the Asian region. Here, people don’t really like the number four, much like the number 13 in the west. Japan, China, South Korea and other Asian countries have this problem and as such, they tend to avoid the use of the number four in any public place.
As you may know, South Korea is Samsung’s home and Asia is a market that the company isn’t ready to lose, thus skipping the usual model numbering of its flagship phones. Another thing you also need to know, just in case you don’t, is that Samsung is in charge of manufacturing the Snapdragon 835 and it is possible that the tech giant will still be in business with the American chipmaker, Qualcomm, come 2018 – a time when a successor to the Snapdragon 835 will be in huge demand.
If the Korean company succeeds to keep this deal running, we could see another skip in names, where Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 might be preferred to Snapdragon 840, just so as not to mess with the Asian market as far as not just Qualcomm and Samsung are concerned, but also other smartphone OEMs that use the American company’s chipsets on their phones. Alternatively, two different names for the same processor could be used, but this could be messy in a way.
In short, we can’t really tell what’ll happen next, but the latest Galaxy S8 and S8+ model numbers have, without a doubt, added more weight to the Snapdragon 850 camp.
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