Even though we still have more than six months left, a new Samsung rumor has just surfaced claiming that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be powered by two different processors, contrary to what has always been the case.
Previously, we’ve seen the likes of Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge+ ship with the same processor. The case has also been the same with respect to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge as well as this year’s Galaxy S8 and S8+. However, according to this fresh Samsung rumor, it appears that 2018 will be slightly different from what we’ve come to know.
In a discovery made by WCCFTECH, two Samsung Galaxy phones with model numbers SM-G9600 and SM-G9650 have recently stopped by Geekbench. From the model numbers, we can confirm that these are the expected successors to the Galaxy S8 and S8+, respectively. However, while the two are expected to come powered by the confirmed Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, the listing shows two different processors.
Where the Galaxy S9 has a Snapdragon 840 running the show, the Galaxy S9+ has been benchmarked with a Snapdragon 845. Both chipsets have just about the same clock speed, with the former hitting 1.77GHz and the latter has 1.78GHz. Even though the S9 pair will be powered by Android 8.0 out of the box, the benchmarked models have Android 7.1.2 Nougat on board.
It had also been pointed out that after Snapdragon 835, Qualcomm will no longer use the MSM code on its Snapdragon processors, instead, it will turn to SDM, which is exactly what we see in the benchmarks.
While this could just be another typical Samsung rumor, it adds more weight to previous reports that claimed the tech giant has already started works on the processor that will come after Snapdragon 835 – a processor that will also power the Galaxy S9 and S9+. It seems the company is already working on life after both the Galaxy S8 and Snapdragon 835 with an aim of making it to the MWC 2018 as opposed to this year, where it had to schedule a separate event after the MWC in order to unveil the S8 pair.
As always, take this Samsung rumor with a grain of salt, but stay tuned for more updates on the same.