Last December, Qualcomm made details of the Snapdragon 835 official and further confirmed the flagship processor at the beginning of this year.
According to the latest reports, this will also be the case as far as the Snapdragon 845 is concerned, the processor that is expected to take the place of the Snapdragon 835 in next year’s Samsung Galaxy S9, LG G7 and a bunch of other high-end phones. Apparently, the American chipmaker will be ready with this chipset as early as January 2018, making it possible for Samsung and co. to release their flagship devices at the MWC 2018 in Barcelona.
Towards the end of April, a report surfaced from South Korea claiming that Samsung and Qualcomm had already started working on the Snapdragon 845 SoC in anticipation for the release of the Galaxy S9. However, at the time, little was in the air regarding the Snapdragon 836, an apparent heir to the Snapdragon 821.
As it is, the two tech companies are working on releasing an incremental upgrade to the Snapdragon 835 and if reports are to be believed, this chipset will be ready by next month. Just like it happened with the Snapdragon 821 compared to the Snapdragon 820, there won’t be significant upgrades in the new Snapdragon 836 compared to the Snapdragon 835. Instead, the best will be saved for the Snapdragon 845 that will come out in six months’ time.
Now, up until now, everyone has been under the impression that the current Snapdragon 835 will run the show when the Galaxy Note 8 makes its debut. However, as it appears, this won’t be the case. If the Snapdragon 836 will indeed be ready by this July, it will make close to zero sense for Sammy to pick the “older” model for its top-tier phablet.
Recent reports have claimed that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be unveiled towards the end of August and possibly start selling in September. With this in mind, it won’t be a surprise to see the phone powered with the new Snapdragon 836 SoC instead of the 835 used on the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Similarly, the likes of Google Pixel 2, Pixel XL 2 and other flagship phones that will come in the second half of 2017 should also feature this refreshed processor.