Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S9 to get most of the initial Snapdragon 845 supply


This spring's Android flagship crop was in large part dictated by Samsung and its decision to hoard the entire initial Snapdragon 835 supply for the North American version of its Galaxy S8. As a result, LG decided to use the last-gen Snapdragon 821 in its G6 instead, while others, including HTC, Xiaomi, and Sony, had to release their devices later.

And it seems this tactic worked well for the Korean giant, which is now rumored to do the very same thing in 2018 with the Snapdragon 845 and its next flagship, the Galaxy S9. The information comes from a Weibo blogger with a pretty good track record, who claims Samsung and Qualcomm have already arranged the supply of next-gen flagship chipsets.

So just like last year, we can expect Samsung to once again stifle the competition in order to ensure it has enough units of its own handset. This should be pretty bad news for companies like LG, though we've previously heard rumors it's planning to pull the very same maneuver with its own LG G7.

As is usual, you should take this rumor with a grain of salt, though it makes quite a bit of sense: the Galaxy S8 and S8+ have so far sold 15% more than the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, making sales expectations for next year fairly high as well.

And if the information turns out to be correct, it probably means we should be expecting the Galaxy S9 to bring something major to the table, like the S8 did with the Infinity Display — in-screen fingerprint scanner, anyone?

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43 Comments

1. rdvn26

Posts: 78; Member since: Aug 04, 2017

Hope it will have dual speakers and fps under display so I can sell my s8+

6. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

AGAIN? Why these dirty anti competitive act? This pure bulls**t from sammy tbh

10. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I bet you didn't cry this much when Apple bought AuthenTec and made sure no one but them uses their fingerprint scanning technology back then instead of swipe to scan method. Anyways, instead of bit**ing about it and blame Samsung like you always do, wouldn't it have been a non-issue if Qualcomm increased their production and made sure they have enough supply to cover all the demand caused by the S9, G7, etc...

18. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

I bet you weren't so pissy when Samsung bought LoopPay and made sure no one but them uses their MST technology instead of just NFC.

25. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm not the one crying in here, I could careless who buys what and control the market. I was just highlighting his well known hypocrisy to when it comes to Samsung and Apple, just like hypocrite you, sir :)

27. batmite

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

Aka you were crying a river of salty tears over his comment.

29. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Go away you lifeless, pathetic, stalking troll.

30. batmite

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

What are you babbling about now?

41. darkkjedii

Posts: 31664; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Can you even remember the last time he posted about tech? He just piggybacks of others posts, and trolls.

42. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Isn't that the case with the majority of Apple trolls? Not talking about Apple fans, I'm talking about the Apple minions who post the same exact crap under every article.

46. batmite

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

It's the same way with the Android trolls but you never say anything about them, hypocrite.

45. batmite

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

Shut up darkkmite.

20. middlehead

Posts: 469; Member since: May 12, 2014

Qualcomm can't increase their production, because Qualcomm doesn't produce anything. They're purely design. Samsung probably makes a chunk of the chips for them, and then some grouping of TSMC/UMC/GlobalFoundries.

26. batmite

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

You're deflecting for Samsung as usual majerk.

24. g2a5b0e unregistered

Of course, blame Samsung when Qualcomm has the ability to sell the chips to whomever they want.

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You mean how Apple use to take all of the IPS displays? Or how they bought Authentic to prevent any other OEM from having a non-swipe FPS? Come on dude...really? Such a troll!

34. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1588; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Sort of like how Apple gobbles up so much of the 128Gb and 256Gb memory modules causing a shortage? It's not anti competitive, it's called being the largest customer.

43. Pitrich

Posts: 239; Member since: Apr 13, 2016

The two faults to this phone. Or if they would have at least put the fp scanner in the middle of the back like other phones. They have me using every option of smart Lock available!!!!!

2. MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

No flat display, no sale. I hate the glare and the distortion of the curved edges.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4334; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Bye!!

4. MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

See ya!

16. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1850; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I've never seen glare or distortion on my edges..

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

There can be glare, but it isnt huge. No one is reading anything on the edge panel. Its just an excuse to try to diss it. Juts ignore the trolls.

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Dick move. Why the anti competitive act?

8. Phonehex

Posts: 768; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

How does it matter to you? Your dont use android anyway.

11. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

You* Don't * The racist language is taking over you.

19. Phonehex

Posts: 768; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

If you only did this corrections in school , you would't have ended up broke af .

21. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

These* Wouldn't * Thank me later.

7. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

If it has QC4+ i will buy , if it doesnt i will buy LG G7

15. androiduser

Posts: 523; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Qc4+ is coming to the htc u11 via an update

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