Work on Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 already underway

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So far, we have heard some details about the 2018 Samsung Galaxy S9 and among them is the fact that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 will be at the heart of the show, a direct successor to this year’s Snapdragon 835 that powers the Galaxy S8.

Apparently, the first batch of Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 will all be used on Samsung Galaxy S9, with other flagship phones set to be unveiled in Q1 2018 to settle for the second and subsequent batches. This isn’t strange at all, considering that this year’s Snapdragon 835 first appeared in the Galaxy S8 and S8+, with other OEMs joining the party later.

In fact, it was claimed that Samsung’s influence was a major factor why LG ended up using the 2016 Snapdragon 821 in the G6, but this will reportedly be amended in 2018 where the LG G7 will ship with the said Snapdragon 845. This also seems to add more weight on claims that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ could be unveiled at the MWC 2018 event.

Now, the case of the Snapdragon 845 has been known for a while now, however, there’s a new kid on the block dubbed Snapdragon 855. According to information dug out by tipster Ice Universe, it appears that work on the Snapdragon 855, the successor to next year’s version, has already begun. Details of the processor have been mentioned on LinkedIn, where the team is allegedly “working on Linux kernel driver development.”

Apparently, the Snapdragon 845 has codename Napali v2.0 and is described as “a complex SoC of a latest mobile processor (SDM 845) owned by Qualcomm.” As for the Snapdragon 855, it has codename Hana v1.0 and is described as “a latest processor (SDM855 series) owned by Qualcomm”. From the listing, it appears that the SDM 855 processor is at the debugging stage, but we don’t really know when the processor will be released.

As noted, Snapdragon 855 should be here in 2019, unless Qualcomm has other ideas. If this is the case, the company is definitely working ahead of schedule.

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