The rumor mill has been talking about the Snapdragon 845 chipset that is expected to power the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ flagship phones in 2018. The Snapdragon 845 is speculated as 10nm chipset. Fresh information revealed by well-known tipster Roland Quandt suggests that the company has already started working on Snapdragon 855 that is likely to power flagship phones arriving in 2019. Rumors have it that the Snapdragon 855 will be a 7nm chipset.
Quandt the references in the Linkedin profile of a software engineer named George Fang. It appears that the company is developing Linux kernel driver for the upcoming Snapdragon 845 and Snapdragon 855 chipsets. It has been also unearthed that the Snapdragon 845 that is described as “a complex SoC of a latest mobile processor (SDM 845) owned by Qualcomm” is codenamed as Napali v2.0. The Snapdragon 855 is described “a latest processor (SDM855 series) owned by Qualcomm” and it is codenamed as Hana v1.0.
Recent reports have revealed Samsung will not be manufacturing 7nm chipsets for Qualcomm. The latter has reportedly has chosen Taiwan-based TSMC for building the Snapdragon 855 chipset. This SoC may presumably power the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Note coming 2019.
Other rumors have revealed that the Snapdragon 855 will come with several enhancements over the SD 845 chip. A Chinese leakster has previously claimed that the SD 855 will deliver 30 to 40 percent better performance, improved AI capabilities and enhanced power efficiency.
The SD 855 powered devices are also speculated to come with ultrasonic fingerprint scanners embedded under the display. Even though this technology is already available on some the existing Snapdragon chipsets, its performance is expected to improve on Snapdragon 845 and with the arrival of Snapdragon 855, this technology is expected to become mainstream in 2019. Rumors suggest that the Snapdragon 855 may get officially unveiled in Q4 2018.
It’s too early to talk about the Snapdragon 855 considering the fact that Qualcomm is yet to introduce Snapdragon 845. Hence, we advise our reader to take the information on the features of the SD 855 with a pinch of salt.