In August, there were reports that Samsung had partnered with Qualcomm and bought the entire batch of Snapdragon 845 for its S9-series of phones. Now a new report confirms this. According to the fresh reports, Qualcomm will sell the entire first batch of Snapdragon 845 to Samsung for its Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones.
This means that the upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ could be the first phones to come with Snapdragon 845. Currently, Snapdragon 835 is the latest processor from Qualcomm that has been used by Samsung in the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 smartphones.
Basically this is the same thing that had happened before during the manufacturing of Galaxy S8 series of smartphones. The company had a deal with Qualcomm to keep the entire first production of Snapdragon 835 reserved for its Galaxy S8-series of handsets.
This also means that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ with Snapdragon 845 could only be exclusive to US and China markets. The S9s coming to India could run on Exynos 9810.
If the reports stands true then this means that only the Galaxy S9 and S9+ could be the first phones to come with Snapdragon 845. In simple words, other rival companies who are also planning to launch their flagships around the same time, will have to wait until Qualcomm readies its second batch of production of the Snapdragon 845 chipsets.
Rumours have it that the upcoming Snapdragon 845 would be manufactured through TSMC's 7nm process and would be clocked at the maximum speed of 2.5Ghz. However, some reports disagree to this and say that the chipset could be built through the usual 10nm process and include an octa-core processor. The two S9s are also expected to sport a similar design as that of S8 with curved-display and dual camera set up that we saw in the latest Galaxy Note 8.
According to an Express report, Samsung could unveil the Galaxy S9 and S9+ at the Mobile World Congress 2018. Excluding the S8 and S8 Plus which was delayed due to the battery issues, Samsung has been announcing its S-series of phones at the MWC for the past three years.