Days after the first Galaxy S8 ad S8 Plus made their way to consumers, Samsung and Qualcomm have reportedly started working on a new mobile processor that would be used in the company's next flagship smartphone Galaxy S9.
Likely to be named the Snapdragon 845, either Samsung or Taiwan's TSMC will manufacture the chip. The Galaxy S8 has the Snapdragon 835 processor, which has been manufactured by Samsung on its 10-nanometer chip manufacturing technology.
The Snapdragon 835 promises a 27% improvement in performance and 30% increase in energy efficiency compared to its predecessor. The Snapdragon 845 is expected to boost performance and achieve higher efficiency gains, according to The Investor.
Samsung recently unveiled its second-generation 10nm process, which promises 10% performance and 15% power efficiency gain compared to the first-generation 10nm chips used for Snapdragon 835. This could set the ball rolling for the development of the Snapdragon 845.
The Galaxy S9 will most likely be released in early 2018. While it is expected to be among the first smartphones to use the advanced Snapdragon 845 chips, other mobile manufacturers will also include the chip in their devices.
The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus' demand is soaring through the roof, with reports suggesting that Samsung may soon face a supply problem.
Pre-orders in Samsung's home country Korea surpassed one million, but stocks ran out quickly and the company has been unable to deliver the handsets on time.