Qualcomm’s flagship chipsets have always been manufacturer’s go-to processors for their top-of-the-line handsets. Every year, the chipset manufacturing company introduces a new flagship chipset with tons of improvements over its predecessor. And 2016 was no different. Qualcomm has introduced its latest flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 835 back in November last year. As most of you may already know, the company will produce Snapdragon 835 chipset in collaboration with Samsung using its 10nm FinFET fabrication process.
For the unaware, the FinFET fabrication process allows manufacturers to reduce the size of the chipset (as small as 10nm) without comprising on the number of transistors. As a result, the transistor density on the chipset will be higher which in turn leads to a reduction in current leakage.
Qualcomm claims that the new Snapdragon 835 chipset based on 10nm fabrication process will offer up to 27 percent better performance and 40 percent lower power consumption in comparison to its 14nm processor (the Snapdragon 820). In addition, the new chipset will support Quick Charge 4.0 which is claimed to offer better charging speeds.
Here’s a list of smartphones that are speculated to feature the Snapdragon 835 chipset.
Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung’s next flagship, the Galaxy S8 will probably be the first set of smartphones to come with the Snapdragon 835 chipset. The smartphone is alleged to pack 6GB of RAM (4GB of RAM for select markets) and 64GB of internal storage space which can be expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card.
The Galaxy S8 is speculated to have a 5.1-inch footprint with the QHD Super AMOLED display measuring 5.8-inches, thanks to the nearly bezel-less design. Also, from the latest design renders the fingerprint scanner seems to have moved to the back. There’s also a dedicated button for Samsung’s AI-based assistant, Bixby just below the volume rocker key. Although the exact megapixel count is yet-to-be-revealed, the camera on the Galaxy S8 should come with significant upgrades over its predecessor.
The device will run Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box and is believed to draw fuel from a 3,250mAh battery.
The smartphone is expected to be launched on March 29 and should be priced around $700 which is roughly Rs. 47,000.
HMD Global is expected to unveil its flagship handset, the Nokia P1 on February 26 at the MWC 2017 event. The smartphone is rumored to come with the Snapdragon 835 chipset coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. It is expected to feature a 5.3-inch QHD display and a 3,500mAh battery to keep the juices flowing. The imaging department will be taken care of by a 22.6-megapixel camera made by Carl Zeiss.
The Nokia P1 is alleged to start at around $800 (Rs. 53,636 roughly) for the 128GB variant and $950 (Rs. 63,692 roughly) for the 256GB variant.
Xiaomi Mi 6
The successor to the Xiaomi Mi 5, the Mi 6 is rumored to launch sometime in the first half of 2017. It is expected to be powered by an underclocked version of Snapdragon 835 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 128 of storage space. The company is also expected to launch a premium model with 6GB of RAM and 256GB storage space. Other details regarding the smartphone are sparse as of now.
As per the pricing, the 6GB RAM variant should be priced somewhere around $363 which is roughly Rs. 25,000.
In addition to the above smartphones, there are a bunch of other phones including the mysterious Sony handset tipped to launch at MWC 2017, HTC 11, OnePlus 4, Microsoft Surface Phone, Next iteration of Google Pixel, and Moto Z expected to come with the Snapdragon 835 chipset. However, not much is known about these devices yet.
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