Samsung Galaxy S9 to get brand new Snapdragon chips

Most current flagship smartphones are using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor or some variation of it. The next entry by the chipmaker is the Snapdragon 845, and apparently Samsung has gone ahead and bought up nearly the whole stock of chips for the Galaxy S9 and the S9+. According to a report, the entire first batch is going to the South Korean tech giant, leaving none for other keen buyers.

Snapdragon 845: Rumoured Specs

The new chip will reportedly be 30 per cent more powerful than the 835 and run on 7-nanometre technology. The Snapdragon 845 is expected to undergo the 10nm Low Power Early (LPE) FinFET manufacturing process. It will also supposedly come with a combination of Cortex A75 cores, Adreno 630 graphics and the X20 LTE modem.

Samsung pulled off a similar move this time last year by snapping up the bulk of Qualcomm’s 835 processor supply

So it makes sense that Samsung made a jump for them. Earlier this year, Samsung bought the bulk of the 835 chips for their S8 and S8+, forcing other companies to either postpone their releases or go with the weaker 821 chips.

Samsung S9 and S9+ Release Rumours

Another interesting rumour is that the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be launching a month earlier than usual. This means an early MWC announcement with almost immediate availability for sale is entirely possible.