12 August 2019
Update: June 18, 2019
A new tip coming from the same tipster Roland Quandt now reveals the codename of the second variant of the Snapdragon 865 processor. According to his latest tweet, the name of the second variant is Huracan and we already know one of them is internally called Kona. Quandt further mentions that both these variants will come with LPDDRX5 RAM and UFS 3.0 support. But one is likely to come with 5G modem - making an integrated SoC and the other may not feature 5G support. An integrated 5G modem will help in making room for extra battery capacity.
Snapdragon 865 is what Qualcomm employees call the next gen high-end SoC (SM8250). There are two variants: Kona + Huracan. Both with support for LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 3.0. One likely with, one without integrated 5G modem (SDX55) - I guess. Also no clue which is the one w/ 5G in it.— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) June 14, 2019
Original Post (May 6, 2019)
It was speculated earlier in April that Qualcomm may bring two variants of the Snapdragon 865 processor but the tech world paid no heed to it because the information was pretty vague and the news of LPDDR5 RAM somewhat overshadowed it as well. But now the leaker Roland Quandt seems to have come with something substantial this time that corroborates the theory of two variants of the Snapdragon 865.
In his tweet, he has put out the codename of the Snapdragon 865 processor which is “Kona55,” and it sounds like the fusion of SM8250 (the model number of Snapdragon 865) and Qualcomm’s 5G modem. Note that “Kona” is the codename of the SM8250 and was already leaked before and now, the suffix ‘55’ indicates that there's a variant with a 5G modem as well. The purported 5G modem could be the very newest X55 modem.
Qualcomm Snapdragon "Kona55" Fusion sounds like SM8250 + external 5G modem. _Not_ internal. I thought they were gonna merge 5G into the main SoC with the next gen?— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) May 3, 2019
This alludes that Qualcomm maybe bringing two variants of the Snapdragon 865, one with a 5G modem and one without it.
Note that the integrated 5G modem will offer extra space to add a slightly larger battery, a better cooling system, or any other important element.
So, the manufacturers will have the choice to use the two different architectures for their smartphones to serve different markets. For instance, the US and South Korea, where the adoption of 5G is greater, a chipset with a 5G modem will help progress the phones and markets with lower penetration of 5G could still experience new chipset and may churn out almost the same performance but without the role of 5G.
The leaker has a good track record of putting the right information in the past so we are relying on this information and look for more proofs to support it.