At its second annual Snapdragon Technology Summit, Qualcomm officially introduced the Snapdragon 845 chipset. As the successor to the highly capable Snapdragon 835 SoC, the 845 brings quite a number of improvements to the table.
One of the most notable improvements the Snapdragon 845 feature is a new modem: it’s packed with Qualcomm’s latest X20 LTE modem, which offers gigabit connectivity. On top of that, it is expected to be built on the 10nm manufacturing process as well, much like its predecessor.
Aside from that, the Snapdragon 845 will be developed in partnership with Samsung Foundry, and it will likely bring improved performance as well as better power efficiency. The CEO of Xiaomi, Lei Jun, also confirmed that the Snapdragon 845 will power the company’s next flagship smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi 7.
Considering the fact that a number of Windows 10 laptops will ship with Snapdragon 835 chipsets early next year, we imagine PC makers will take up the new Snapdragon 845 SoCs too. However, it still remains to be seen if such Windows 10 laptops will be widely adopted by consumers, though their relative affordability may make them compelling enough.
Beyond ARM-powered Windows 10 machines, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 will most certainly power the majority of flagship smartphones next year, and it’s a promising successor to the 835. Qualcomm is expected to reveal even more details on the Snapdragon 845 tomorrow.