Chipmaker Qualcomm will unveil its Snapdragon 865 flagship chipset on December 3 at this year’s tech summit. This means that 2020 flagships will be powered by Qualcomm’s next-generation chip. Two names pop-up instantly – the OnePlus 8 and the Samsung Galaxy S11 series.
Last year in Snapdragon’s tech summit, Qualcomm unveiled the 855 chipsets with the focus on 5G. All major flagship and flagship killers of 2019 are powered by Snapdragon 855 processor. Rumors suggest that Samsung is already working with Qualcomm to unveil the 865 in its S11 flagship. To jog your memory, Samsung is always the first manufacturer to feature Qualcomm’s latest chipset in its S series flagship.
A 5G variant of the chipset is certain as it was the case in some 2019 flagships. Other improvements will be an updated Adreno GPU and new CPU cores, possibly based on the latest powerhouse Cortex-A77 part from Arm. The 855 SoC doubled down on image processing and machine learning capabilities last year, so it won’t be a surprise if 865 follows the same path.
It is also rumored that the tech summit, which will begin on December 3 and will last till December 4, will also unveil a new Snapdragon Wear chip for smartwatches along with the company’s audio product range. An update to the last year’s Snapdragon 8cx So, that was Qualcomm’s first dedicated laptop chip, might also be revealed.
In twisted news, Chinese brand 8848 has already announced that its upcoming phone, called the Titanium M6 5G, will be powered by the Snapdragon 865 SoC. It might be a way to gather some press coverage but it is surely the first brand, albeit a little known, to announce so boldly about a processor that hasn’t been launched yet. Stay tuned for more information.