The Snapdragon 845 successor is already in the hands of manufacturers

The Snapdragon 845 successor is already in the hands of manufacturers
Tired of hearing about phones that carry Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845? Well, today we have some news about its successor, which might not be called 855, but the media goes with that name for now.  

Qualcomm announced that its OEM partners are now sampling the new chip, which is set to power most of next year's Android flagship phones. OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturers and in this case refers to smartphone makers that want to use Qualcomm’s mobile platform on their devices. This means manufacturers have received chips they can use to develop their new models around.

The Snapdragon 855 will be the company’s first mobile chip based on the 7 nm architecture and it’s expected to bring more than marginal improvements over the last generation. The smaller size boost performance and power efficiency, but there are no details about the chip’s exact parameters yet.

We do know, however, that it will be paired with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 5G modem, making the combo “the first 5G-capable mobile platform for premium tier smartphones”, according to the chip maker. Qualcomm sets the bar pretty high for their latest creation, saying that it will “transform industries, encourage new business models and improve consumer experience”. That also refers to the 5G capabilities, but looking at it more realistically, by the time 5G is widespread enough to transform industries, Qualcomm will probably have the Snapdragon 875 out on the market.

The new chip’s official name and specs will be revealed later this year and the first smartphones powered by it will likely hit the market early 2019.

via: AndroidCentral



1. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I bet at least one plans to use this year

2. emcdonald75

Posts: 166; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Doesn't the X50 5G modem have to be paired with the X24 LTE modem for backward network capability, while Samsung's 5100 modem is compatible with 3G, 4G & 5G all on one chipset?

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The 855 will have the X24 (or newer) built in (like how the 845 has the X20 built in) Thus next year's 5G SD flagships will have X50+855 (with X24 bult in)

3. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Let's see...GB4 on the 845 = 2500/8500 A12 = 5000/13000 They are getting closer to the A11...

4. Boast_Rider

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

A12 more likely scenario is 4600/11000. We are at the end of Moore's law on smartphones as well.

7. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Apple for one puts a ton of cache on board their SoCs. That alone helps to increase benchmarks speeds. Especially when the entire benchmark code can run in cache. Also these days it's way more than a just a CPU. There is GPU, memory controller, cache, DMA, GPU, AI or NPUs, and more these days all bundled into one chip Apples may beat others in some test areas, but not in others. For instance Apples embedded AI is suppose to run at 600 billion operations per second (A11). Yet other mobile AI SoCs or chips on other smartphones or devices have been running as high as 4 trillion operations per second. A prime example is Googles Pixel 2's AI operate 5 times faster than Apples A11 AI, or at a speed of 3 trillion operations per second. They can do live 4k HDR video capture When it comes to GPUs Apple has a way to go yet. Especially when you look at areas like VR/AR headsets. I would love to see Apple sustain a QHD VR display for 30 minutes or more. But alas Apple doesn't do that. I would even love to see an iPhone X sustain an AR headset for 20 minutes. Try Jedi challenge with an X, and watch it over heat. Try it on a Pixel or Pixel 2 and it won't over heat. I also notice a number of the GPU benchmarks will compare a GPU score from Apple that is based on Apple's Metal to one on an Android device that is using OpenGL. Talk about comparing Apples to Oranges. It should be using Vulkan tests for Android instead, which is closer to Apples Metal

5. Taphius

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

the large cores on the A11 (2) are near the same size as all 8 of the 845's combined. A11 still has the 4 small cores to boost that multiscore ahead. They'd catch up if they had a need but they dont, since theres no real competition android side.

6. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Install iOS on OP6, XZ2 or U12.. 7300/15800

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Then in GPU The A11 is about as fast as the 821 So hopefully the A12 is about as fast as the 835

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