Qualcomm tipped to launch new Snapdragon 845 processor in December

Qualcomm typically announces its new top-end mobile processor at the Snapdragon Technology Summit, showcasing the chip that’s likely to power most of the next year’s flagship smartphones.

Rumours have suggested that Qualcomm will likely be launching the new Snapdragon 845 processor at this year’s Snapdragon Technology Summit in December.

A poster has seemingly been leaked to a Chinese blogging network, which appears to confirm the dates on which the Snapdragon Technology Summit will run: December 4 to December 8.

Snapdragon almost always announces its major new processor at the event, and it’s expected that the same will occur this year with the latest Snapdragon processor iteration – the rumoured Snapdragon 845.

Samsung is usually the first mobile company to get the new Snapdragon processor. It is expected that the South Korean mobile company will do the same this year. This most likely means that the Galaxy S9 devices will feature the new Snapdragon 845 processor ahead of rivals.

Rumours have recently surfaced which suggest the new processor will be even more powerful than the last – by quite a way, too. Eight processing cores are expected to be featured in the chip, four of which are likely to be ARM Cortex-A75 cores, which means the other four will be Cortex-A53 cores.

The new Adreno 630 GPU that will also likely feature in the new 845 processor will supposedly enable high-quality graphics, and is said to be a huge improvement over the Adreno 540 (seen in the Snapdragon 835 processor, which featured in this year’s devices).

Samsung is apparently manufacturing the new chip, just like last year. It is reported that they will use the same 10-nanometer process as well. Samsung’s deal with Qualcomm will probably mean that Samsung will be able to use the new processor exclusively again; this means other device manufacturers will have to wait to use the new chip.

The new Snapdragon 845 chip is definitely worth waiting for, so it will be interesting to see if rival phone makers decide to wait to include the 845 chip in their new devices, and not use the older 835 chip just to get an earlier release date.

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