Qualcomm's powerful Snapdragon 845 chipset goes official


Qualcomm reserved about 10 minutes to the unveiling of its new Snapdragon 845 chipset at the Tech Summit that kicked off early today. However, the chipmaker promised to offer details about its powerful product tomorrow, December 6.

Until then, it's worth mentioning that, once again, the Snapdragon 845 is the result of the collaboration between Qualcomm and Samsung. ES Jung, president and general manager of the foundry business, Samsung Electronics, confirmed that his company will actually build the Snapdragon 845 chipset.

Xiaomi Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Lei Jun was among the last guests who took the stage at the Tech Summit to announce that his company's next flagship will use the Snapdragon 845 processor.

Besides the Xiaomi Mi 7, we can safely assume the Snapdragon 845 chip will power Samsung's new wave of Galaxy S flagships, but Sony, HTC, and LG may use the same CPU for their top-of-the-line smartphones. We'll be giving you more details about Qualcomm's newly unveiled Snapdragon 845 on December 6, so stay tuned.

source: Qualcomm

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16 Comments

1. Carlitos

Posts: 668; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Glad Samsung collaborated in the making of the 845 like last year. Should offer good comparale performance compared to the Exynos variant

3. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Agreed in that regard, absolutely. Samsung has proven that they know how to make great SoC's, and I'm glad that Qulcomm is teaming with the best. However, while it's understandable why they would give themselves the advantage right out of the gate, considering that Samsung has a hand in making the SoC, keeping quantities low at the start, and only making enough for the Galaxy line at first, it's still unfortunate for all others that are forced to either delay the launch of their phones, or opt for last years SoC's in order to hit the desired launch window. As great as Samsung is at what they do, I just don't like that this just gives them an opportunity to corner the market even more than it already does, and to put the competition in even more of a choke hold. We'll have to wait and see, but the partnership may not be great for the industry as a whole if the priority treatment continues.

4. Carlitos

Posts: 668; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Agreed, it is unfair for other oems, but it really can't be helped. Qualcomm needs Samsung for better optimization, given the bad luck Qualcomm chips had prior years. It only makes sense for Samsung to get first dibs on something they helped make. Samsung should just mass produce more of their Exynos chips, and equip all of their flagships with it

5. g2a5b0e unregistered

100%. They've used the Exynos on all versions of their flagships multiple times before. They should continue that trend.

13. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

There must be competition between OEM's - as Apple designed own chipset, as other must rry do their best. All of them have enough money to do it - Sony, LG, Lenovo etc. Now there is only Apple and Qualcomm, cause Samsung and Huawei using Qualcomm cores. I expect some of them to break the trend and stress Qualcomm, cause obvious their cores are not matching Apple cores. And I do not talking about opening apps and browsing the internet - when we talk about heavy load as rendering Apple is unmatched - not a fan of Apple.

2. gamehead unregistered

I dont know how I feel about the samsung collab. It gives them priority. Yeah a collab like this isnt illegal but still. Not that I'm complaining. I may very well own a S9 next year.

6. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

Makes sense to team up when Apple kicks your ass my a huge margin

7. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

^^ Is anyone going to tell him?

11. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Just let him life happily inside his small imaginary bubble. He'll know when he finally grown up

15. bucknassty

Posts: 1337; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

the A11 is impressive... i just hope qualcomm increases that cache size... its really the only thing that preventing it from dominating Apple chips again.

8. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

What irritates me is that Samsung has a hand in the development process of these chips, but they’re some of the least optimized on their devices, compared to many other Android OEMs. I’m not sure if they’re undercutting their own devices with Snapdragon devices in favor of their more efficiently integrated Exynos chips (which shouldn’t make sense at all) or if there’s just a lack of care, which is why we have this oversight

9. iushnt

Posts: 3103; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Why do you feel Samsung’s software is least optimized? When trying out Note 8, I felt it was highly optimized.

10. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Not the software, the SoC

12. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Uhm, how TF do you "optimize" a SOC?

14. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

It suffered more overheating, lower benchmark scores and general battery life issues. They didn’t optimize the IO controllers, kernel and voltage profiles all that good I am guessing. That’s not to say that these performance hiccups will necessarily repeat themselves with the 845, but it’s just a trend Samsung has with Snapdragon variants. They did tout software and UI refinement for the S9, so we’ll see what changes are made

16. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

"It suffered more overheating...and general battery life issues." Sources? "That’s not to say that these performance hiccups will necessarily repeat themselves with the 845, but it’s just a trend Samsung has with Snapdragon variants." Yeah, there has been many past reports of the Snapdragon variant of Samsung's devices performing worse in ram management, battery life, etc. Basically being half-baked compared to their Exynos variants, and other devices using the same Snapdragon chipset. In fact, that's the main reason why I went with the Exynos variant of the Note 8. However, this year, at least the app/ram management performance is the same on both variants of their devices: https://youtu.be/2fugGkEIpVk Albeit, battery life performance is still better on the Exynos variants.

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