The ink has barely dried out on the Galaxy S8
promo billboards, but Samsung and Qualcomm have reportedly already started fleshing out the chipset that will find its place inside the future Galaxy S9
. Give that the Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895
inside the S8 are already the fastest, most frugal flagship Android chipsets out there, as they are done with the novel 10nm process, we can only imagine what the S9's Snapdragon 845, as it will reportedly be named, can bring to the table.
Samsung and TSMC, the two foundries that are in line to produce the eventual Snapdragon 845, have both probed the 7nm node
, and have taped out test batches, so it's not out of the question that the next high-end processor by Qualcomm would be a whopping 7nm endeavor. Samsung's LSI division even tipped not long ago that it expects mass production of 7nm chippery to start in "early 2018,"
so there you have it.
As for why would the two companies begin work on the 845 for the S9 so early - well, our battery life test of the S8 with Exynos against the model with Snapdragon revealed that Qualcomm and Samsung still have some work to do in optimizing Snapdragons for the Galaxy S-line, as the US model fell an hour short of the Exynos one in our battery test
, all other things being rather equal.