Qualcomm announced its latest processor, the Snapdragon 845, at Snapdragon Tech Summit in December 2017. This is the successor of the famous Snapdragon 835 that powers most Android flagships in 2017. We won’t be surprised if all the best Android smartphones in 2018 come with the new Snapdragon 845 processor.
In this article, we’re going to introduce new features of the SD845 and a list of all smartphones coming with the new SoC.
The new Qualcomm processor is manufactured on Samsung Foundry’s lines and it features the same 10nm manufacturing process as its predecessor. The focuses of the processor are immersive XR experiences, a smart personal assistant, and vault-like security. This is a very powerful mobile platform, so it is planned to power some Windows 10 laptops as well.
The chip is engineered with the Kryo 385 CPU with clock speed of up to 2.8 GHz, and the Adreno 630 GPU with 30% improvement in graphics rendering. It features the Qualcomm Spectra 280 ISP (image signal processor) for a premium camera and AR/VR experience. This allows capturing 10-bit 4K Ultra HD videos at 60 FPS, 720p videos at 480fps, and 16MP images at 60 frames per second.
Besides, the system has the 3rd-gen Hexagon 685 DSP for AI processing, the new Secure Processing Unit to protect personal data, the Snapdragon X20 LTE Modem supporting Gigabit LTE service, all-day battery life, and Quick Charge 4+ technology.
Qualcomm promises a 25% performance uplift as compared to the Snapdragon 835.
List of Smartphones with Snapdragon 845 SoC
1. Samsung Galaxy S9 & Galaxy S9 Plus
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are the first Snapdragon 845 smartphone. Although some versions will come with the Samsung’s in-house Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC, you will receive the Snapdragon processor when buying the S9 in the United States. The phones have support for T-Mobile’s new 600MHz network. Besides, the S9 Plus features a 6.2″ Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display while the S9 has a 5.8″ display. The best upgrade of the S9 Plus is the dual-camera setup with a 12MP telephoto lens and a 12MP wide-angle lens with dual apertures (f/1.5 and f/2.4).
You can buy the factory-unlocked S9 for $719 and S9 Plus for $839.
2. Sony Xperia XZ2 & XZ2 Compact
Sony upgrades their flagship lineup with the XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. The duo gets rid of the OmniBalance design as found on previous Xperia devices, so now we have a much more modern design. Both of them have the same SnapDragon 845 processor, 19MP rear camera capable of 4K HDR and 960fps FHD slow-mo video recording, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The differences are just the battery capacity and screen size (5 inches and 5.7 inches).
3. Asus Zenfone 5Z
Asus Zenfone 5Z has an almost identical design as the Apple iPhone X with the rear dual cameras and a notch on top of the display. The specs include an IPS LCD 6.2-inch display with Full-HD Plus resolution, a fingerprint scanner on the back, 4GB/6GB/8GB RAM, and 64GB/128GB/256GB of internal storage.
4. Xiaomi Mi 7
Xiaomi also announced early that their 2018 flagships will feature the Snapdragon 845 and it’s likely to be the Xiaomi Mi 7.
Some other smartphones that could be powered by the Snapdragon 845 include LG G7/G7 Plus, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, LG V40, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, MOTO Z, ZTE Nubia Z18, Sony Xperia XZ Pro, HTC U12, OnePlus 6/6T, and AGM X3.
This is a developing article, I will continue updating this post as soon as new devices are announced.