Only a few weeks after the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus last March, there are now rumors going around the internet on the South Korean tech company’s next flagship smartphone. While there are no confirmed plans yet for the new features and specs of the Samsung Galaxy S9, it is now speculated that Samsung is already working with a known mobile chip maker to develop the most powerful processor yet for the next Galaxy S iteration.
A new report from Korea makes the first mention of the Galaxy S9’s Qualcomm processor. As first picked up by the Aju Business Daily, The Investor reported that Samsung and Qualcomm has already started work on a new mobile chip for the Galaxy S9. The chip is likely to be called Snapdragon 845 and should be manufactured by Samsung or TSMC when development is complete.
A report a few weeks ago claimed the Samsung Galaxy S9 is already in development at Samsung. At the time, the Galaxy S8 wasn’t even available in stores. Currently, Samsung uses the Snapdragon 835 and the Exynos 8895 chips in its Galaxy S8 model, both 10nm chips that are faster and more energy-efficient than their predecessors. The company employed the same tactic for years, which means it’s likely a version of the Galaxy S9 will also be powered by a Samsung-made chip.
The report, however, doesn’t mention anything about Samsung’s future Exynos chips, or the tech specs of the Galaxy S9’s processors. The Galaxy S8 currently has the best mobile processor pair you can find on an Android device, and it’s the only phone to have a Snapdragon 835 chip inside. However, tests have shown that the iPhone 7’s performance is still no match for the Galaxy S8.