The end of the year is in sight and that means were thinking about what 2018 will bring in terms of tech. For smartphones, next-generation processors will bring improvements and many eyes are on Qualcomm for its upcoming Snapdragon 845. Here’s what we know about the Mobile Platform’s release date and specs.
Although the Snapdragon 835 is still a perfectly good SoC (system on a chip), consumers always want more. Its successor is on the way and some details have been leaked so can it beat the likes of the Apple A11 Bionic and Huawei’s Kirin 970?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 release date
Although the 835 was announced at CES in January 2017, it looks like the Snapdragon 845 will ‘arrive’ earlier.
Qualcomm is holding its Snapdragon Summit in early December so there’s a good chance the official details will be revealed then. However, attendees might be given the news under embargo so might not be able to disclose anything until CES 2018.
We say ‘arrive’ as although the new processor might be announced, it won’t actually be available in any devices until at least early 2018.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 specs and features
There’s some debate about the Snapdragon 845 specs with initial reports stating it will still use a 10nm FinFET manufacturing process like the 835. However, Android Headlines now reports that it will actually use a 7nm like other future chips are tipped to use.
The cited report states that moving to 7nm will mean performance gains of 25-35 percent. It also means a smaller size which could help devices like smartphones be smaller, or at least make room for things like a bigger battery.
A possible partner for manufacturing the 845 is Taiwan’s TSMC which was supposedly testing 7nm back in April. Another possibility is Samsung again.
Non-spec related news is that Samsung will supposedly have first dibs on the Snapdragon 845. Rumours suggest that all the initial 845 stock will be earmarked for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus.
This could mean other handsets will have to wait longer to launch a phone with the Snapdragon 845 or go with an older chip, likely the 835.
Samsung did the same thing with the 835 earlier this year for the Galaxy S8 and it meant LG had to go with the Snapdragon 821 for the LG G6. Some reports suggest that LG will get the early stock next year though, so it’s all up in the air.
As usual, when more news or official details are available we’ll update this article.