Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ to get the new Snapdragon 845 chipset first?

Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ to get the new Snapdragon 845 chipset first?
According to a tweet from Russian tech journalist Eldar Murtazin, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Samsung Galaxy S9+ will be the first handsets to sport the Snapdragon 845 chipset. Murtazin's tweet also hints that the 2018 Samsung flagship models will be the only phones using the new chipsets for an unknown period of time. This is similar to what happened earlier this year when Samsung made a deal with Qualcomm, and purchased all of the Snapdragon 835 chips being produced at the time. The silicon ended up inside the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ As a result, LG was forced to use the older Snapdragon 821 when it launched the LG G6 this past March, which might have had a negative impact on sales of the phone.

Murtazin also said in his tweet that the Galaxy S9 will be announced a month earlier than usual. That could mean almost anything since the Galaxy S8/S8+ were introduced in late March. Usually, Samsung unveils its new flagship model a day before the MWC trade show kicks off in Barcelona. This has traditionally taken place in late February or early March.

The confusion here is whether Murtazin means that the Galaxy S9 will be introduced a month earlier than this year, which would mean that the phone will be unwrapped around February 25th, the day before MWC 2018 opens. Or, it could mean that the unveiling will take a place a month earlier than usual, which would mean that a late January announcement could be in the works.

Either way, if the tweet is legit, we won't have to wait as long as we did last year for Sammy's new top shelf model..


source: @eldarmurtazin (translated) via BGR

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Galaxy S9
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)
Galaxy S9+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(35h talk time)

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67 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Manufacturer's privilege. Though Samsung is withholding the first badge of SD845 chipsets to itself in order to botch the competitors for a few months, thus earning some sales time for the S9.

7. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 688; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

iPhone will have it first, I am sure about that. But my heart iPhone will win last.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

So the iPhone will have the SD845 first?

22. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 688; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

/Oxymoron

42. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

I know right... This is bad business practice and kind of a monopoly. Other OEMs cannot get the 845 chip but Samsung can as they are privileged by Qualcom. Anti competitive.

46. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

It's probably in the terms and conditions for Samsung to manufacture the chip for them, and the fact Samsung will probably sell more phones with the SD 845 in it than all other OEMs combined. It's no more anti competitive than half the deals Apple makes.

57. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

It's still wrong. Samsung only has 2 phones that use the chipset. There isn't ever any short supply of the SD8xx because not many phones use it. So all of a sudden there isn't enough so they all can have it at the same time? It's no different than Apple locking up supply to stave off competition. Qualcomm is allowing it because, they want Samsung to side with them in the lawsuit against apple, seeing that Apple tried to backdoor Samsung into taking its side. Apple had some nerve after suing Samsung over made-up BS, then gonna ask for help later? That would be like a brother, sleeping with his brother's wife and then asking him later for money when he needs help. Samsung fabricates enough chips for their own phones and Qualcomm also use TSMC am sure and they can make the chip for everyone else.

61. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

It is not a monopoly. There is no such thing as a "kind of monopoly". It's either it is, or either its not. OEM's can make exclusive deals to get stuff with a single OEM. It's not anti-competitive, unless it is the intent to stave off competition. The G6 not having the SD835 isn't why it didn't sell well. It didn't sell well because the phone suck and then they overpriced it with older hardware too.

2. Derekjeter

Posts: 1489; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

How much better is the 845 over the 835??? I think the 835 is fast enough, they just need to stop shoving so much crap in their phones. Look at the Pixel and how quick it still is with the 821 processor. My Nexus 6p is still fast enough just needs a better camera.

3. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

It's not just about CPU speed but better general efficiency and newer and powerful ISPs that can handle more intensive image processing. I want 4K at 60fps with out the processor sweating and I don't think the 835 is there yet.

8. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

the problem is no matter how efficient the SOC is .. with samsung crap and their heavy skill you will still get poor standby time and battery drains ... samsung is close to perfect in terms of hardware ... the things they lack are dual speakers and better software .. they can keep their features but dont reskin android .. just implement your features into stock android like oneplus does

10. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

People keep saying this over and over again but how many of you guys actually use their devices on daily basis?

12. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

used both the note 5 for a year and the s7 for a week , still hate the skin .. not because its a skin .. its because of how unoptimized it is . its holding back some fantastic pieces of hardware

29. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

False. But you are entitled to your opinion. Touchwiz is what makes Samsung devices better than any device running Android. I dont bring up sales, because Samsung simply makes more phones than any OEM, so I expect they would have the most sales. But what matters is, Samsung sells more Galaxy phones vs its Samsung only branded devices. The S outsells any of the single Galaxy models. If you dont like Touchwiz, buy an unlocked one, root it and install any rom you want too. There are full Samsung roms with all the bloat removed. The skin is optimized. Does it impede performance? Yes sometmes it does. So what. It doesn't happen often. All devices have drawbacks. With all the good these devices do, focus on a few bad things that are petty is lame. At least apps aren't crashing. At least it doesn't need updates, that break things, to be updated again onky to break something else. You sound like people who complain about Windows.

32. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"The S outsells any of the single Galaxy models." No it doesn't. Samsung's Galaxy J series significantly outpaces the S series, with the A series almost neck and neck with their flagship offering, in sales. Why do you think Samsung's ASP is so low despite selling more flagships than any other Android OEM?

40. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

You sounds likeTechie and fingerprint says its you. Haven't learned how cut it with shorter comments yet?

64. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

So posts are fingerprints now? What if? So what?! What's your deal?!

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Poor standby time, and battery drain my ass lol. Those are days gone by.

30. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

The Note and S have great standby time. Even the S7 edge improved with Android 7.1. But you can't expect a phone that does more, to not drain vs a phone that dowsnt do nothing. I never unsold the need to compare every single metric of what the device dows vs someone else. I dont care if my Galaxy has long standby time. It will have enough power to get me to 2 work days anyways. I didn't buy my device to see how long it can standby.

31. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

The iPhone for example, needs good standby time, because when you use it, its gonna die quickly and yet it has less features than nearly any Galaxy model.

51. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Funny that my iPhone 7 Plus doesn't die quickly when I'm using it. I get great standby and SOT. Never have a problem getting a full day out of it and I am using iMessage literally all day every few mins. I also do a lot of web browsing and reading news apps. Just because you say something doesn't make it true. I am speaking from experience, your speaking from a troll stand point.

60. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

iPhone 7 Plus that I use has good battery life.

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My Note 8 gets great standby, great usage, great SOT, and has great do everything features. From 3am this morning to now 4:52pm pct, I'm at 55%. Been hammering the phone since 12:30.

25. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Yeah, I've got to disagree, it had to be an app you had installed causing poor standby not Samsung itself. I use my old Note 3 as a spare line for around the house, bought it at launch and with it's original battery still has over 72 hours stand by. My S7 loses less than 5% battery when I sleep, I actively use the phone all day but if I didn't it would easily go a few days.

43. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Lolzzz So true. There are tens of background processes and system Apps running in the background at all times on Samsung phones. No matter how hard you try you'll never be able to stop those. It's a waste of CPU and RAM resources.

62. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

That’s why Note 8 was faster than 8 Plus in speed test, if not smoother.

65. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Its not a waste if they are doing something the phone needs to work. All phones have several background things. The fact is, for the apps you can turn them pretty much all off. Example, most of the background processes, are apps that use the internet. How you you stop them? You can force stop every app on Samsung phones, except system apps. You want to stop apps from using the web? Disconnect WiFi and turn off mobile data or just turn on Airplane Mode. Samsung phones drain battery because they actually do things. You can't even turn most things off on the phone you use. So why worry about it? The iPhone drains more battery in the same tasks, Galaxy devices last longer in. The S and Note both can loop a 1440p video for 16 hours before it dies. The iPhone, not even close in real world tests. In just 2 hours of web browsing, the iPhone loses 50%+ if its battery power, while the Galaxy even with all its bells and whistles turned on loses only roughly 40%. Those are facts. So your claim even if true which it is, the Galaxy still has better standby and usage time then ANY phone in its class as a premium model.

58. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I disagree with the standby time and battery drains. Samsung now a days provide excellent battery life. Also, if it goes stock like one Plus then why would anyone buy Samsung and not just OnePlus.

4. JohnR

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

It's not just about how fast they are, but how efficient the new chip will be. This enables better battery life, AR processing speeds and other newly added features.

5. JohnR

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

Ha! You beat me!

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