Rumor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 to Succeed Snapdragon 835, no Snapdragon 840

Snapdragon 835 Successor

Qualcomm announced more details of what the Snapdragon 835 will be bringing to the fold over its predecessor, the Snapdragon 820/821.

The year 2016 saw some amazing phones come into play – talk of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, LG G5, Xiaomi Mi 5/Mi 5S, Sony Xperia X Performance, OnePlus 3/3T, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (good gone bad), Moto Z, LG V20, Google Pixel XL, Sony Xperia XZ, Xiaomi Mi Note 2, Mi MIX and a list of many others. All of these phones came in powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 or Snapdragon 821. In short, the American chip maker had some really good business in the flagship world, leave alone the entry-level and midrange market.

Whether Qualcomm will release a follow-up Snapdragon 83X processor to be teamed up with the 835 like it did with the previous flagship generation is still unknown. However, it is emerging that whatever version of the flagship chipset Qualcomm releases after the Snapdragon 835 won’t be in the Snapdragon 84X category. The highest the company can go is Snapdragon 839 after which it might skip to Snapdragon 850.

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It was confirmed that Samsung is at the heart of the Snapdragon 835 thanks to the South Koreans’ expertise with the 10nm process. Given that this country and a few other Asian countries that include China, Japan, Taiwan and the Southeast Asian region have what is known as tetraphobia, people believe that the number four is associated with bad luck or evil. As a result, it is often prevented from appearing anywhere in the public.

Given that Asia is one of the markets that Qualcomm has been garnering its revenue from, word on the street has it that the company will skip the Snapdragon 84X sequence in favor of the Snapdragon 850. Samsung has already done it with its model numbers for Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, skipping from SM-G930/935 for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to SM-G950/955 for their successors.

This is just a rumor, though, as Qualcomm has not yet mentioned a thing about a processor that should come possibly a year from now, or maybe more. But we should get to know more details in the coming months. We’ll keep you posted.

Update: Qualcomm has since confirmed that the next flagship processor will be called the Snapdragon 845.

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