Snapdragon 845 could be Qualcomm's next high end chipset, made using 7nm process

Snapdragon 845 could be Qualcomm's next high end chipset, made using 7nm process
Last month, we told you that Samsung and TSMC were chomping at the bit, each hoping to be designated a manufacturer of the next flagship Qualcomm chipset expected to be called the Snapdragon 845. Using the 7nm process, this SoC should be found inside next year's high-end handsets with the Samsung Galaxy S9 getting first crack at employing it. Rumors have the chip rolling off the line early next year, which suggests that Samsung will return to its regular time frame next year and introduce its next flagship at MWC 2018. The annual conference will take place in 2018 starting on February 26th and running to March 1st.

Other chipsets to be produced with the 7nm process next year will be coming from Huawei's Kirin, MediaTek, and Nvidia. Current high-end chips, like the Snapdragon 835, are produced using the 10nm process. Dropping down to 7nm will increase performance by 25% to 35% It also means a reduction in chip size, which could lead to a slight reduction in handset size for those models that use the Snapdragon 845.

Next week, Qualcomm is expected to unveil a new mid-to high-end chip called the Snapdragon 660. This SoC is expected to be found inside the new Samsung Galaxy C series, the Xiaomi Redmi Pro 2, Xiaomi Mi Max 2, Oppo R11, Vivo X9s Plus and the Nokia 7 and Nokia 8. It features four Cortex-A73 cores running at a clock speed of 2.3GHz, and four Cortex-A53 cores running at a clock speed of 1.9GHz. The graphics chip on board will be the Adreno 512 GPU, and the X10 LTE modem is included. Rapid recharging is offered with Quick Charge 4.0, and there is support for LPDDR4X 1866 MHz RAM and UFS 2.1 flash memory.

source: AndroidHeadlines



1. androiduser

Posts: 555; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

I'll wait till next year :)

2. iczer

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

And then next year you will want to wait for next year!!

5. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Probably :_)

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7607; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They need 7nm, especially with VR/AR/MR. The faster and more efficient the better. Not that the current SD 835, or for that matter the SD 820 and 821 are not good for VR/AR/MR. They are great, and give great VR experiences​. However they chew through their batteries to quickly. If you could get 3 hours or more, then that would be awesome.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You appear not to be considering the fact, not only is the phone powering itself, it's powering the VR unit too. I honestly don't think shrinking the CPU die is gonna give you much extra time. Also, how much time do you need? You probably should use it longer than an hour as a longer time is bad on your eyes.

18. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014


43. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

techieXP thats why i dont use mobile VR its an old and outdated VR tech. The real VR have its own screen. i own the PSVR and i can play for hours with no danger to my eyes and no headache.

34. therealestmc

Posts: 680; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

I have never had a great VR experience.

10. androiduser

Posts: 555; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Not really because there is barely any increase in performance this year..

11. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

There's a big increase in efficiency with the 835. Which helps the phone last much longer with VR.

15. androiduser

Posts: 555; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

I literally don't give a s**t about vr, and some phones already have really great battery lives, nothing special.

23. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

We're talking about chips and their treats here, not phones as a whole. Ceteris paribus, a phone with the 835 chip lasts much longer than one equipped with the 821/820. Not just for VR, but for everything. Thus you can make a phone lighter/smaller with the same battery life or last longer for the same form factor and weight. "Nothing special" can be said about practically anything with your mindset. You're in for the internal wait.

40. cheetah2k

Posts: 2319; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I think the SD835 was more about scaling and battery usage. Agreed, not much performance increase at all. I think LG did the right thing sticking with the 821. Its still a decent chipset. I might keep the Google Pixel for a little bit longer...

48. dampv

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

yeah. it will be like.. never ending until your life ends. lol

31. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

next year the lg g7 with the new chipset 835 :P

44. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Look a Samsung fanboy! Pathetic LG basher.

42. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Funny they always give those big % boost but end result never deliver... Marketing hype at its best.

3. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

7nm will probably come in 2019. In 2018 Samsung will most likely use 10nmLPP.

4. Busyboy

Posts: 739; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

This is BS. Qualcomm is going to use the second generation 10nm chips that Samsung is making next year, called LPP which brings either 15% reduced power consumption or 10% power increase over the previous gen.

6. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Well if you read the title it says that they COULD be using the SD845. Doesn't say it's a for sure thing so no need to blow your lid

9. htcisthebest

Posts: 438; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

I think regardless of the size the 2018 chip will most likely be called SD845.

13. penguinbelly

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 27, 2014

It is probably going to be called SD845 but it will not be using 7nm. There is no "could" because Samsung publicly announced its road map long time ago.

45. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

There is not only samsung in the game. TSMC might be ready in 2018.

26. Unordinary unregistered

Of course it's BS.. we hear this every year. And every year it's a PoS. A PoS that gets beaten by "years old hardware!"

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The 7nm processors would also have a significant improvement on power consumption... correct? I'm not very informed on the subject, but I've heard from past commenters that would be the case.

14. Guaire

Posts: 897; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Probably won't be much different than 10nm improvements over 14/16nm. TSMC's 7nm can be 40% more efficient comparison to their own 10nm process. All of those new nodes offers either better efficiency at the same performance level or better performance at the same power consumption.

12. penguinbelly

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 27, 2014

Silly "news." Samsung's 7nm will not be online until 2H 2019. There will be 10nm LPP next year and 8nm (updated 10nm) the following year.

46. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

17. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Another "faster" processor...that's pretty much all anyone has these days. No real "innovation". Faster processors, thinner designs, smaller bezels, brighter displays, LESS battery, more megapixels on the camera. It's still a rectangular slab, that gets more expensive each year.

19. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

What's your idea for an innovative feature then?

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