There’s some really exciting news for the 2018 smartphone flagships that will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, the successor to the current Snapdragon 835.
After a series of rumors and speculations regarding the name of the processor that will come after the Snapdragon 835, the American chip maker recently confirmed that the processor will be called Snapdragon 845. This is despite the fact that people in Asia are not so in love with the number 4, something that contributed to Samsung skipping the model number of its latest flagship Galaxy S8 from SM-G930 used on the S7 to SM-G950.
Now, we know that the next flagship chipset will be called Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, but the details of this SoC are still unclear. Recently, we bumped into a report that claimed this chipset will be available as from January 2018. Prior to this, another report had popped claiming that Samsung and Qualcomm have already started working on the processor with one eye on the 2018 Galaxy S9.
In a separate development that has just popped up thanks to notable tipster Roland Quandt, it appears that we have our first technical details regarding the Snapdragon 845. From the leaked info, the chipset will feature the latest Qualcomm X20 modem. This is great news for those who are looking forward to 2018 as this X20 modem has been confirmed to come with massive downlink speeds of up to 1.2GBits per second.
If you were wondering what SoC that new Qualcomm X20 modem will end up in with its 1.2 GBit/s downlink. Yep, Snapdragon 845. (from LinkedIn) pic.twitter.com/lMd5lcovJf
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) June 11, 2017
For comparison purposes, the current Snapdragon 835 comes with Qualcomm’s X16 modem, which is not bad either, managing downlink speeds of up to 1Gbits per second. The jump is not that huge compared to the current version, something that might not be the best news for those who are already using devices powered by the current SD835. However, if one is making a jump from the Snapdragon 820, which has the X12 modem that manages speeds of just 600Mbps, the Snapdragon 845 will be a massive step up.