Samsung’s all-new Galaxy S9 looks set to be released in the first few months of 2018 but one of its biggest new features may be revealed later today.
Qualcomm has powered many of Samsung’s flagship smartphones and rumours are rife that some S9 devices will feature the firm’s latest and greatest new chip.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is its next generation processor and it will be officially revealed at an event in Hawaii later today.
This new 845 is not only expected to be a lot more power and faster but also far more efficient – meaning the smartphones that have it tucked under their hoods should see extended battery life and faster charging.
Full specs for the new processor will be revealed later today but Samsung has already made its feelings clear on this latest technology.
“I am proud to join Qualcomm Technologies on stage at the Snapdragon Technology Summit. “As the foundry partner for the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform, we look forward to our continued collaboration,” said Dr. ES Jung, president and general manager, foundry business, Samsung Electronics.
“Samsung Foundry continues to reduce power consumption and increase performance in process technology and we look forward to the success of Snapdragon 845 in 2018.”
Although Samsung hasn’t officially confirmed the S9 will be powered by this new Snapdragon, one firm has announced its commitment to Qualcomm.
Xiaomi Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Lei Jun. Mr. Lei emphasised Xiaomi’s close relationship with Qualcomm Technologies in the premium tier and announced that Xiaomi’s next flagship smartphone will be powered by Snapdragon 845.
There was a rumour that Samsung would get exclusive use of the 845 for the first few months of 2018 and this may be confirmed later today.
However, the Korean technology firm has also announced that it has begun production of its own chip.
Samsung is renowned for including different processors in flagships with some of this year’s S8s getting Qualcomm power whilst others have Samsung chips inside.
In a statement on their website Samsung confirmed that it has commenced mass production of System-on-Chip (SoC) products built on its second generation 10-nanometer FinFET process technology.
The Korean technology firm also revealed that this chip will be used in digital devices scheduled to launch early next year and are expected to become more widely available throughout the year.
“We will be able to better serve our customers through the migration from 10LPE to 10LPP with improved performance and higher initial yield,” said Ryan Lee, vice president of Foundry Marketing at Samsung Electronics.
“Samsung with its long-living 10nm process strategy will continue to work on the evolution of 10nm technology down to 8LPP to offer customers distinct competitive advantages for a wide range of applications.”
Along with being faster these latest processors will be 15 per cent more efficient meaning the S9, and other devices launched in 2018, could feature improved battery life.
Along with the S9 being very fast and efficient, it’s also thought this next generation smartphone will get a dual-lens camera for the first time.
The Galaxy Note 8 already features a double snapper on its rear case and the S9 could follow.
Although this is clearly good news for fans of the Galaxy phones another rumour has suggested only the larger S9+ will get this impressive camera.
There’s no confirmation on whether this is true but Apple has done something similar with its iPhone 8 and 8 Plus as only the larger phone gets the dual-lens camera.
Other features coming to S9 could include a better rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, improved display and faster charging battery.