Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ are incredibly popular smartphones. In South Korea, Samsung sold over 1.3 million units of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in the first month of launch, which tells the entire story of how popular the smartphones are.
We are still some months away from the launch of the new Samsung S9 and S9+, but the leaks have started pouring in. Interestingly, we are hearing some rumors that this year Samsung can also launch a smaller S9 mini with a 5.0-inch display.
However, a new report says that Samsung has already started working on the successors to Galaxy S8 duo- the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+. A recent report from Investor says that Samsung will power the Galaxy S9 and S9+ with both 7nm and 8nm chipsets.
Recently, it was reported that Qualcomm broke alliance with Samsung and partnered with TSMC chip maker to manufacture a 7 nm chipset.
Qualcomm first approached Samsung for a possible manufacturing of 7 nm chipset, but the former is not yet ready to take up the project and is still looking to power its next-generation flagship chip with the 8 Nm chipset.
This made Qualcomm approach TSMC. However, The Investor report says that Samsung will power the Galaxy S9 and S9+ with both 7 nm and 8 nm SoCs. While the 8 nm chipset is likely to be Samsung’s own Exynos 9 series chip, the 7 nm chipset will be the Snapdragon 845 expected to be showcased at the end of this year.
Below is the first Image which has leaked for the Samsung S9. The fingerprint scanner is expected to be at a location which is more accessible and there is also a Dual Rear Camera Setup. Samsung may like to improve the Note 8 camera and have a better implementation for the S9.
The website has also spotted a listing of the Qualcomm Developer Website which indicates the naming of the new Snapdragon processor.
Snapdragon 845 Listing
While the Samsung Note 8 is still morning fresh, we are already excited about the upcoming Samsung S9. As Google is ahead of everyone else in the industry when it comes to software, Samsung has been the leader as far as hardware/display technology goes.
There are some alleged image leaks from the Qualcomm website as well which tend to hint at the possible name of the processor as SDM 845.
The Processor is expected to be a joint effort of Qualcomm and TSMC and is already in the development stage.
Qualcomm has previously stated that the company will start working on the new processor and these leaks are in line to the previous news.
Qualcomm also urged Samsung to use the 7 Nm manufacturing process for the Snapdragon 835 chip, but the company denied it, and as a result, the 835 was built on the 10nm FinFET process.
Qualcomm and Samsung have made the Snapdragon 835 based on the 10 Nm process which makes it more energy efficient and powerful when compared to the 14 Nm based Snapdragon 821.
The new Snapdragon 845 processor may come with 7 Nm process or it can be based on the 10 Nm. As the development of the 10 Nm chipset has been a big leap and quite difficult for the processor industry and further shrinking of production process seems like a tough nut to crack.
But there is time, as next-gen Qualcomm Chip will likely unveil close to Jan 2018 and Samsung flagship phones are likely to be the first to get the new SOC.
The report says: Even though its chip-making unit lost orders from Qualcomm, Samsung’s mobile business unit is likely to use the seven-nanometer chip produced by TSMC considering its energy efficiency and performance.”
Samsung used the 10 nm powered Snapdragon 835 SoC and Exynos 8895 chipsets to power the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The Exynos 8895 variant marginally defeated the Snapdragon 835 variant in various speed tests.
The next Exynos Processor is expected to be called as Exynos 9810, the processor was also recently spotted on the Geekbench mark and it scored 2680 on the single-core and 7787 on the multi-core test. The benchmark scores are much slower compared to the Apple A11 chip used in the iPhone X (Single Core – 4200 and Multi-Core – 10050).
Samsung usually releases two variants of the smartphones. The Snapdragon-powered variant will be released in its homeland South Korea and other American markets, whereas the Exynos variant releases in Asian markets.
The same will continue with the Samsung Galaxy S9 as well, but this time, we’re expecting the Snapdragon variant to come on top due to the different manufacturing process.
Another highlight of the Samsung S9 could be the Experience 9.0 software (the successor to touch Wiz UI) which Samsung will be building on top of the Android Oreo 8.0. Qualcomm has recently unveiled the Snapdragon 845 processor, and you can read more about this amazon chipset here.
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