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 going to be the first Snapdragon 845 smartphone. Although some version will come with the Samsung’s in-house Exynos SoC, you will receive the Snapdragon version when buying the S9 in the United States.
Recent news revealed that the Galaxy S9 will come with a 512GB storage, support for T-Mobile’s new 600MHz network, a dual camera setup, and HDR video recording.
2. 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, LG V40, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and OnePlus 6.
This is a developing article, I will continue updating this post as soon as new devices are announced.