This week in Hawaii, Qualcomm unveiled the next processor that will be featured in all 2018 flagship Android phones. Known as the Snapdragon 845, it succeeds this year’s 835 chipset which comes built into the Samsung Galaxy S8, Google Pixel 2, LG V30, Moto Z2 Force, and others.
According to Qualcomm, the new 845 is 30% better in two regards: speed and efficiency. This means that next year’s top-of-the-line Android phones will be a bit faster and have better battery life at least on paper. The former should be especially obvious since the new 845 is paired with the Adreno 630 GPU which should improve things like gameplay and animations.
The company also notes that with this new processor, phones will be able to record up to 4K HDR videos, something that’s currently not possible on Snapdragon-powered handsets. You’ll also be able to record up to 480 frames per second slow-motion video at 720p HD. Better noise reduction, faster processing times, and overall better photos should also result from the 845.
The Snapdragon 845 will even connect to the internet better than before. It uses Qualcomm’s X20 LTE modem that enables up to 1.2Gbps data speeds which is pretty impressive. It’ll be difficult achieving these same speeds in the real world until gigabit LTE and gigabit Wi-Fi become more mainstream, but at least phones that include the 845 will have this level of future-proofing on board when the technology becomes more popular.
Finally, the new chip will also enable better facial recognition technologies to compete with Apple’s Face ID, better AR (augmented reality) experiences, and even make AI better and more efficient. The Snapdragon 845 will begin shipping sometime next year, likely in time for the LG G7 and/or Galaxy S9.