Galaxy S9 may land Snapdragon 845, as Samsung and Qualcomm reportedly start work on the next-gen chipset

Galaxy S9 may land Snapdragon 845, as Samsung and Qualcomm reportedly start work on the next-gen chipset
The ink has barely dried out on the Galaxy S8 and 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.

source: The Investor

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Posts: 130; Member since: Mar 09, 2017

We need good power efficiency 10nm proccesser if Sd845 scrores should be anutunu 220000, geekbench 4 single core 2500 muilticrore 7500

2. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Bring something different to the game. The curve screen fad is getting old already. Do something new like AR, innovative dual cam systems, unique speaker systems, pressure sensitive screens, unique features etc

9. kumar1234 unregistered

Not everyone can be as innovative as Xiaomi. Mi mix is still the most gorgeous looking phone in 2017,Mi Mix 2 should be even more gorgeous with 91-93% screen to body ration. I Saw 1 video couple of days ago where Mi mix is compared to S8. S8 looks like a weird faceless looking phone when it sit beside Mi mix. Qualcomm need to ditch samsung semiconductor and jump to tsmc for their superior 7nm and 'info' technology. Industry expert said samsung is atleast 6-12 months behind tsmc's 7nm. Samsung already had difficulties with production with their 10nm node. Whatever happened in the 20nm node with tsmc is the past, QC need a better partner who can reliably give plenty of 7nm processor so that the same sd835 shortage don't happen again.

11. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Do you in anyway think totally bezel free phone with close to a 100% stb ratio is beautiful? If all phones were like that then all phones will look thesame then we'll only be left to judge the beauty of a phone from the back, which will be a misnormal. Every device should have its own story, its own design character and from the front at that.

12. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

why people credit xiaomi for that design? i thought sharp was the one who design bezel less phone in their aquas lineup.

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The Mi Mix 2 doesn't look better becvause better is subjective. Its your opinion it looks better because you hate Smasung period. So anything will look better to you. It certainly different. But I like the "bezeless" look of the S8. When you hold the phone straght in front of you, you dont even see a bezel liek you do on the Mi mix 2. Al and its newer. But they are still following LG and Samsung who had the bigger displays first. Its obvious an OEM can do even more with a newer device. The Note 8 will be even better with 4K. The Mi Mix doesnt look better than the S8. Its just different and you like ti because it isnt an S8. Samsung could have did exactly that and Xiaomi could have did what Samsung did, and you would claim Xiaomi did better. Go troll somewhere else. We all know this.

10. cmdacos

Posts: 4333; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

None of those things are different from what's already being done or worked on by others. You don't need to buy a curved screen. It's a differentiator right now and millions are buying into it.

3. Tony_5600

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 09, 2017

That's not a good news :/

4. Stranger

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

I wonder why Samsung doesn't sells it's exynos processors to other manufacturers :(

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

probably it's not because samsung didn't sell it, but because the other didn't want to buy it (maybe it's too expensive or something) meizu use exynos for their highend model (because they isn't in good relationship with qualcomm, and mediatek processor is just too weak..)

8. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

“Samsung Electronics has been blocked from selling its modem chipsets to other smartphone manufacturers due to a license deal it signed with Qualcomm.”

13. Stranger

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

Thats not good :/

6. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

The US market still needs CDMA (the predecessor of LTE which is still in use by some carriers). CDMA is not supported by the Exynos modem, so Samsung likely decided to use only one HW-chassis for the whole region and chose Qualcomm for whole US-market.

15. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1849; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Wasn't the note 5 or s6 a all Exynos release from Samsung?

16. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Yes they were

21. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yes, my note 5 is exynos and I love it. I will be giving it up for the note 8 though.

18. hazard1

Posts: 239; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

I think Samsung would have to pay Qualcomm royalties to use their chipsets in the US. Rather than pay the royalties, Samsung uses the SD chips. When the Note5 and S6 were released, Samsung decided to pay the royalties rather than use the problematic SD810 in their US phones.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The Exynos can work with CDMA. What you stated was once a fact, but it is not a fact now. Remember Samsung didnt use the SD810 in their phone. All the Galaxies even in the USA were all Exynos If I remember correctly ever Galaxy S6 were Exynos. RIGHT?! They do work on CDMA, they are simply not as efficient with it as Qualcomm.

7. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I can't get interested in something that is a year away. Must be hard up for news to write about. Why not talk about the S10 or S11? Not to early to speculate on these ones is it??

17. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I'm waiting to see what they do with the tenth anniversary Galaxy

19. Khyron

Posts: 401; Member since: Sep 28, 2015


20. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

Doesn't make sense for android. Should continue to stick to multi core performance setup and focus on load balancing to low power cores for low power for more efficiency

22. Export

Posts: 98; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

Interesting to see how this will pair up vs the A11 in the future.

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