Report: Samsung and Qualcomm Working on Snapdragon 835 Successor – Will it be Snapdragon 840 (5) or Snapdragon 850 (5)?

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the first smartphones to be released with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 at the heart of the show.

While these two are less than a few days in the market, a new report coming from South Korea claims that the tech giant, alongside America’s Qualcomm, has already started working on life after the Snapdragon 835.

Of course, the 2018 Samsung Galaxy S9 will be among the devices to be powered by this new chipset, however, there’s still a debate on what name the processor will adopt. Given that the current version is a Snapdragon 835, it’s possible that the next version will be a Snapdragon 845.

On the contrary, previous reports have claimed that the two tech giants – or rather Samsung – could skip the Snapdragon 84x tag in favor of Snapdragon 85x. This means that there probably won’t be a Snapdragon 845 (or 840 for that matter) and instead, the Galaxy S9 could be powered by a Snapdragon 850 or Snapdragon 855 for that matter!

One argument behind the possibility of having a Snapdragon 850 series succeed the Snapdragon 835 instead of a Snapdragon 840 is that the latter name tag might not go down well with folks in some Asian countries. Given that Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge had model numbers SM-G930 and SM-G935, it was expected that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will feature model numbers SM-G940 and SM-G945. But as you already know, these two S8 phones have model numbers SM-G950 and SM-G955.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

The reason behind this skipping of model numbers SM-G940 and SM-G945 is because people in South Korea, China and other Asian countries believe that the number 4 is associated with bad luck. As a result, they tend to prevent it from appearing in the public’s eyes, including skipping the number on building floors, hotel rooms and other areas of public interest. With this in mind – coupled with the fact that Samsung will still be making the Snapdragon 835 successor – it’s possible that the next flagship chipset will be a Snapdragon 850/855 instead of 840/845.

The tech giant has already unveiled the 2nd-gen 10nm process that’ll be used to make the Galaxy S9 chipset and as expected, it’ll bring 10% performance improvement and 15% power efficiency gain over the Snapdragon 835, which used the 1st-gen 10nm process.


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