Qualcomm has announced its next generation Snapdragon 835 processor, which is unsurprisingly built on the 10nm manufacturing process. Interestingly, the chip is being made by Samsung; who are the only ones with the facilities to build mobile transistors this small.
There are no details about the capabilities of the Snapdragon 835 as of yet. Qualcomm’s announcement is solely focused on the 10nm size of the transistors and what it could possibly mean. However, the company vaguely alludes to “a 30 percent increase in area efficiency with a 27 percent improvement in performance or up to 40 percent less power consumption compared to the previous version.”
The new processor isn’t expected until the middle of 2017, although it looks like there is a Snapdragon 830 processor also in the works. Whether Samsung’s involvement means that it will be adopting the new chip for the Galaxy S8 is still uncertain; as the company has been known to manufacture components for third parties.
A rumoured Snapdragon 830 processor is also apparently being made, but Qualcomm is not saying anything about that either. Which leaves us with two new processors and no specifications for either of them.