15 May 2020
Qualcomm recently unveiled Snapdragon 855 Plus as its latest flagship processor for smartphones but if you are familiar with its release timeline, you would know it should also be working on the next-gen chipset. It is likely to be called Snapdragon 865 and will be seen in 2020 Android flagships around the world. And now, a new report from Chinese publication Sina has offered some details about the same.
The report mentions that Qualcomm is teaming up with Samsung once again for Snapdragon 865 manufacturing. The two companies previously collaborated on the release of Snapdragon 820 and 835 before Qualcomm decided to go with TSMC for future processors. For next-gen Snapdragon 856, Samsung's 7nm EUV, extreme ultra-violet lithography, technology will be used for manufacturing purposes. It is the same one which we saw with the recently released Exynos 9825 processor.
It is said that the Snapdragon 865 will arrive in two variants codenamed Kona and Huracan. Both variants will feature LPDDX5 RAM support and UFS 3.0 flash memory. One major difference will be that only one of these variants will have 5G modem integration. It means the other one will offer only up to 4G LTE connectivity.
Earlier this month, alleged Snapdragon 865 Geekbench scores were leaked that showed an impressive performance. The screenshot showed single-core and multi-core results to be 4,160 and 12,946 respectively. It was tested on a device featuring 6GB of RAM and running Android 10 as the software.
But the same Sina report also offers some details regarding Qualcomm's flagship processor for 2021 i.e. Snapdragon 875. It says that the chipmaker is looking to partner with TSMC for the same as it wants to make use of the 5nm manufacturing process. This should result in more power and much better efficiency at the same time. Interestingly, Samsung is also preparing to release its own 5nm processors next year which means Qualcomm can still go with the South Korean maker if it wishes to.