Qualcomm’s 2017 flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 835, has just started appearing on smartphones such as the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and Xiaomi Mi 6. The chipset is also expected to power the upcoming OnePlus 5 and other smartphones. And while this is just the beginning, reports about next Snapdragon 845 have already started surfacing. Also Read - Qualcomm Snapdragon 8Gx Gen 1 logo leaks ahead of November 30 launchAlso Read - Samsung Galaxy A03 with 48MP camera, 5,000mAh battery announced
According to a report on AndroidHeadlines, the upcoming chipset has already gone in trial production process. Built on the 7nm fabrication process, the chipset is expected to power Samsung s next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S9. Rumors also hint that Samsung will release the smartphone in its regular time frame at MWC 2018 in Barcelona. The annual tech conference is set to take place in 2018 between February 28 and March 1. Also Read - Samsung permanently discontinues the Galaxy Note series … for good
Apart from Qualcomm, Huawei, MediaTek and Nvidia are also expected to use the 7nm fabrication process for manufacturing their respective chipsets. To give perspective, the Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 821 were built on the 14nm fabrication process, while this year s Snapdragon 835 SoC is built on the 10nm fabrication process. Dropping the size from 10nm to 7nm is expected to increase performance by up to 35 percent. Reduction in chip size could also mean that handset size could be reduced further, compared to current smartphones. ALSO READ: Google to launch 3 Pixel smartphones powered by Qualcomm s Snapdragon 835 SoC: Report
Qualcomm is also expected to announce the new Snapdragon 660 SoC on May 9. It is expected to be an octa-core chipset featuring four Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.3GHz, and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.9GHz. The chipset is expected to come paired with the Adreno 512 GPU, and the X10 LTE mode. Support for Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging technology, UFS 2.1 flash memory and LPDDR4X RAM with frequency of 1,866Mhz is also expected.