12 April 2019
Qualcomm must be working on its next major flagship chipset and the details on the same are coming in fragments. There have been reports on the Snapdragon 865 already and now a new report reveals one intrinsic detail of the chipset. The report is coming from the German website WinFuture, which has a strong track record of putting out reliable information in the past. According to this, the Snapdragon 865 with its model number SM8250 will come with a powerful and faster LPDDR5 RAM.
The report also proceeds to state that the codename of this chipset is “Project Kona.” Note that the codename of the Snapdragon 855 was Hana. Now, the codename puts more credence to the fact that Qualcomm is working on the new chipset because both Kona and Hana are the name of the regions on Hawaii Island. And, for several years, Qualcomm has been hosting its Tech Summit in Hawaii to present its high-end processor in December. So, all these specific elements help us to make a certain assumption that Qualcomm is at least developing the new flagship chipset and the model number alludes it could be the Snapdragon 865.
The report says that Qualcomm already has a few samples of the Snapdragon 865 and it’s testing in conjunction with the LPDDR5 memory.
Now, the report from the tech site speculates one more thing which is vital, though the tipster Roland Quandt tells that this has been "gleaned from publicly available information" and should be taken with a grain of salt. It states, Qualcomm maybe choosing to put the 5G as an option for the smartphone makers as it’s making two variants of the chipset, one probably with the newly launched Snapdragon X55 5G modem and other without it. The report says so because according to their information, the internal development board has a 2nd chip as an external chip called “Huracan” and it could probably by the new 5G modem. The information is pretty vague for now, so let’s just put it aside and see if any upcoming information has anything to add here.