Qualcomm, the global leader in smartphone processors, is rumored to be working on a new chipset, Snapdragon 845, to feature in next year’s flagships. This year Samsung Galaxy S8 was the first phone to feature the world’s most powerful processor, the Snapdragon 835.
After S8, Samsung has been the latest to feature the Snap 835 while flagships by other companies such as LG G6 and just released Blackberry KEYone house the Snapdragon 821 and Snapdragon 625 respectively. According to reports, the next Qualcomm flagships named the Snapdragon 845 will be based on a 7nm technology.
The ‘nm’ in processors denotes how tightly transistors are packed together on a piece of silicon. The Snapdragon 835 was a 10nm processor which was a significant upgrade from the earlier 14nm or 16nm chips. According to Qualcomm, this upgrade increased the performance by 27% and lowered power consumption by 40%.
Judging by the mentioned statistics, it would be only logical to assume that a 7nm processor will be even faster. Qualcomm only designs these chipsets and partnered with Samsung to manufacture this year’s flagship which is a major reason why the Galaxy S8 was the first to include the Snapdragon 835. It is suggested that Samsung is once again in the race to secure the manufacturing of Qualcomm’s next chip.