No Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 powered smartphone until April, Samsung to blame?


Samsung is so serious about its next flagship Galaxy S8 and it wants to make sure its new phone runs on the latest and greatest tech available out there. A couple of days ago HTC announced its high-end smartphone U Ultra powered by Snapdragon 821 but not with 835. Also LG’s flagship G6 is expected to run on Snapdragon 821 instead of 835 that everyone is expecting.

So, What has happened?


As per reports from Forbes, Samsung has dibs on the Snapdragon 835 processor, since it is helping Qualcomm to manufacture it using it 10nm FinFet technology. “The Snapdragon 835 won’t be available in large quantities until after the Galaxy S8 launches,” sources said. It’s hard to know exactly how much better the new 2017 chip will be in reality, especially in light of the strong and proven performance of the Snapdragon 821 in devices like the Google Pixel and OnePlus 3T. But it’s obviously going to be disappointing to Android who might have been looking forward to a choice of Snapdragon 835 phones in March.

Samsung Galaxy S8 will most probably be the first device to officially be powered by Qualcomm’s premier chipset. The new chip has replaced the Snapdragon 821 to become Qualcomm’s flagship SoC. Whether or not the 835 really is a big improvement over the 821 remains to be seen, but this year LG must rely on other factors to promote its G6 against the S8. Rumors on G6 that it could be the next smartphone after Google Pixel which features Google’s AI Assistance which can help it compete against S8. However, Samsung is reportedly building its own AI assistance for Galaxy S8.

Snapdragon 835

However, Galaxy S8 is expected to perform better and consume lesser battery power than present existing flagships because of its Qualcomm chipset. Manufactured with an advanced 10-nanometer design, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor is 35% smaller and uses 25% less power than previous designs, engineered to support VR and AR experiences, 25% better graphics and connectivity speeds. Snapdragon 835 also has Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 technology which is  20% faster, 30% more efficient than previous generation, charge from 0%to 50% in 15 minutes.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 has been rumoured to release on April 14, with the official launch slated in March.

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