07 December 2018
The current-generation Qualcomm flagship processor is Snapdragon 845 which was unveiled last year. It means it is due for an upgrade which is likely to happen on December 4th in Hawaii. Ideally, it should be called Snapdragon 855 but it has been rumored to be known as Snapdragon 8150 for the past few months. But now, there is a new PCMag report emphasizing the point that Qualcomm's next-gen processor for high-end phones will not be called Snapdragon 8150.
The report mentions that "msm8150" is nothing but just a codename for the flagship processor. It is the name using which the chipset is referred internally which is a common practice among tech companies. Almost all yet-to-be-released products are given internal codenames which are usually used until they are made official.
So now, this brings us to the question what exactly Qualcomm is going to name the next processor? The answer is that it is still a secret and we are likely to know that only during the official unveiling. It can be called Snapdragon 855 or even something completely new.
Since Qualcomm's focus is on bringing 5G network connectivity to masses starting next year, there is a good chance we might get to see the renaming of the processor. If it turns out to be true, it will not be the first time Qualcomm will be changing the naming system. Initially, its processors were known as S1/S2/S3/S4 which was later changed to Snapdragon 200/400/600/700/800 series.