A few months have passed since the debut of Qualcomm's new flagship processor, the Snapdragon 835, and even less time has passed since they began shipping on smartphones. Having started by integrating the Galaxy S8 and Xiaomi Mi 6, this processor is expected to equip many more tops this year. However, today we bring details about its possible successor, the Snapdragon 845.
Having worked hard with the 835, Qualcomm already appears to be working on its new next-generation microprocessor. This is revealed by an image that places it next to a microprocessor, a brand well known to the public, and which also deserves attention. I speak of HiSilicon Kirin 970, which is not far from the market.
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Starting with the Snapdragon 845, we learn that it will consist of an ARM A75 four-core combo and four other ARM A53s, thus qualifying again for an Octa-core processor. More we learn that this processor will have a 10nm architecture, being produced with Samsung's LPE process, and also benefiting from the new Adreno 630 GPU.
HiSilicon's new processor, Kirin 970, will have components that will make it compete with the current Snapdragon 835. This will also be an octa-core with four ARM A73 cores and four more ARM A53. With a 10nm architecture, what's new in this processor will be its GPU. Owning a Mali graphics processor, HiSilicon will opt for the Heimdallr MP, ARM's new GPU. This processor will replace the Kirin 960, chipset which equips smartphones like Huawei P10 and Huawei Mate 9, among others.
In addition to technical details, the tables unveiled today give us an idea of when these processors will be released. The Kirin 970 is expected to arrive later in 2017, probably between the third and fourth quarter of this year (possibly equipping the new Huawei Mate 10). On the other hand, Qualcomm's new processor will be delayed until next year, and is expected to occur in the first three months of 2018 (Snapdragon 835 also debuted in the same period this year).
While it is not surprising that we learn some details about the processor that will power upcoming Huawei devices, it is surprising that the Snapdragon 845 is already being considered by Qualcomm. This shows once again that the US company will want to remain the true leader in the microprocessor market and is working to do just that.
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