May 09, 2017 11:13 AM EDT
Smartphone chip maker Qualcomm in an event on May. 09 has unveiled two new processors to the markets with the release of Snapdragon 660 and the 630. The chips feature an X12 LTE modem with Bluetooth 5.0 technology by default. Snapdragon's current flagship chip is the Snapdragon 835 developed in collaboration with Samsung that's built on a 10nm process. Reports indicate the new Snapdragon 845 chipset is on its way.
The upgrade process to all chips takes place annually with one processor released to the market every year. Seems like Qualcomm has opted for a different approach this year. Now that the Snapdragon 835 chipset is already present in flagship devices like the Galaxy S8, the upcoming Snapdragon 845 chipset is already in development. Reports from Pocketnow confirms the new chipset is being prepared for a launch this year.
The company, for a short time, ad listed the new Snapdragon 845 chipset with the abbreviation SDM845 before being taken down from the website. The new chipset is based on a 7nm manufacturing process, unlike the existing chipset. Analysts predict the new processor will see an increase in performance by 25 to 35 percent. Meanwhile, details from PCMag reveal the next generation of Samsung Galaxy Smartphone will feature the new processor.
Samsung in collaboration with Qualcomm has developed the existing processor which can be seen on their new flagship devices. Hence the company enjoys an exclusivity period where no other smartphone maker can make use of the new chip. It's likely assumed that the new Snapdragon 845 chipset will follow suit and be exclusive to the South Korean electronics giant for their future devices.
With the release of Snapdragon 845 processor, there will likely be a new graphics chip too. Following the usual procedure, the likelihood of seeing Adreno 550 graphics is very much possible when the new chip is introduced to the markets.
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