Published: Tue, April 25, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Samsung and Qualcomm negotiating over Snapdragon 845?

Samsung and Qualcomm negotiating over Snapdragon 845?

The new report now speculates that Samsung and Qualcomm are already working on the next-generation Snapdragon 845 processor. According to the report, Samsung is teaming up with Qualcomm again for a new top-of-the-line processor to power the Galaxy S9.

It has been only a month since the launch of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, and a new rumor about the Galaxy S9 has come up. Depending on how the talks go, we could see that existing relationship either expand or contract.

Samsung is rumored to release at least two more prominent devices during 2017, the Galaxy Note 8 phablet, and the Galaxy X, which may feature a foldable display. Once the development is complete, either Samsung or TSMC will begin manufacturing the chipset.

BGR reports that the "Galaxy S8" is now the only smartphone that has the Snapdragon 835.

The latest Qualcomm chip in the market is called the Snapdragon 835 and it is powering the "Galaxy S8". There were also reports about Samsung already working on the display for the Galaxy S9.

The Snapdragon 835 is manufactured on a 10 nm process, which only Samsung has been able to employ on its fabrication lines. A new Exynos chip also wasn't mentioned, but there's a big possibility that Samsung might also use a new model of the chipset for its still-in-development flagship.

Currently, no release timeframes have been suggested for the Snapdragon 845. Another period of exclusivity to a single device maker might not sit so well with Qualcomm's other partners, but the companies might find some common ground to appease everyone.

Snapdragon is a mobile platform that's developed by Qualcomm for, well, mobile devices.

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