Samsung manufactures Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chip that powers most Android smartphones this year. Samsung might be inked a deal with Qualcomm to get all the available volume early on. That meant that the Galaxy S8 was the first major flagship on the market in March 2017 to be powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor, until the summer when competitors started to announce 835-powered phones. New reports suggest that history will repeat itself next year for the Galaxy S9.
A report out of China claims that Qualcomm and Samsung have already come to an agreement on the supply of chipsets for its next-generation flagship smartphone. Samsung is said to have dibs on the Snapdragon 845 chip for the Galaxy S9.
If this is true then the Galaxy S9 is likely going to be the first major handset on the market next year that’s powered by Qualcomm’s new flagship mobile processor. It would also mean that Samsung’s rivals who launch new devices around the same time will have to opt for older chipsets.
While it’s plausible that Samsung and Qualcomm might come to the same arrangement that they reached this year for the Galaxy S9 in 2018, nothing is set in stone just yet. It’s still too soon to be sure of anything about the Galaxy S9 so take this with a grain of salt.
We’re certainly going to hear a lot more rumors and reports about the Galaxy S9 before the handset is eventually unveiled by Samsung officially early next year.