Qualcomm has now announced its next flagship Snapdragon chip at its Technology Summit in Hawaii. Going by the American chipmaker’s naming convention, the new top of the line chip will be called the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. The all-new chip will be powering the majority of flagship smartphones that will be launching throughout next year.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is the successor to 835 that was launched earlier this year at the CES. The new Snapdragon chip appears to be an enhanced version of its predecessor with some added features like support for AR and VR. Apart from that, it comes with built-in support for AI. With that said, Qualcomm is yet to provide details regarding the new Snapdragon 845. It’s expected to reveal more information about the same when one of its OEM partners introduce a new smartphone somewhere next year.
Speaking of OEMs, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has officially announced at the Summit that the company’s next flagship smartphone will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip. While Lei didn’t reveal the specific details of the phone on stage, CNET believes it will be none other than the Xiaomi Mi 7. Besides, the Xiaomi Mi7, the new Qualcomm chip will be making way into the heart of the upcoming flagship from LG, Samsung, HTC, OnePlus and many more. Apart from smartphones, the flagship chip may end up powering a number of non-Android devices including Windows 10 laptops and PCs.
Recently, a report revealed that the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ would be the first smartphone to come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. Lei Jun’s presence on stage at the Qualcomm Summit, however, makes up believe that it may not be the case. Tipsters in China reveal that the Xiaomi Mi 7 is expected to launch somewhere in Q1 2017. Just in case the rumors turn out to be true, the all-new Xiaomi flagship will end up becoming the first Snapdragon 845 powered device.
Internally, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 will feature the new Snapdragon X20 LTE modem. This will allow the chip to provide gigabit connectivity on supported networks. Additionally, the new chip is said to be built on a 10nm manufacturing process, same as the one seen with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. Moreover, the American firm is partnering with Samsung for manufacturing these chips.