The semiconductor company Qualcomm is now taking another big step for future flagship smartphones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC. The chipset is entered into the mass production from this June month with TSMC’s 7nm FinFET process. After a few years of competition, the Qualcomm stands out the first preference to the smartphone manufacturers and mobile device users. Not only the flagship grade processors but also the low and mid-range chipsets are also standing out great in terms of performance and efficiency.
Snapdragon 855 chip (7nm Node) entered into mass production
Currently, the Snapdragon 845 SoC is running as the flagship mobile platform SoC with advanced performance and Artificial Intelligence (AI) features. The last year’s Snapdragon 835 SoC was also powerful in terms of the price tag on that time. Now the upcoming Snapdragon 855 chip will replace all the flagship grade mobile processors like Exynos, Kirin, MediaTek etc. According to Roland Quandt, the next-generation Snapdragon 855 SoC allegedly entered into mass production since June month with TSMC. It will be based on a 7nm FinFET process.
In 2019, the Snapdragon X50 modem will release with 5G connectivity option and it seems that the Qualcomm could be the first one company to launch the first 5G enabled chip with a 7nm FinFET node. Samsung and Huawei are also on the list of making powerful 5G enabled modem. The Samsung Galaxy S10 also could feature the SDM855 processor reportedly. However, Qualcomm already announced the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem which is the world’s first commercially announced 7nm FinFET processed chipset up to 2Gbps in early 2018. This was demonstrated live with the Ericsson, NETGEAR, and Telstra at MWC 2018.
Sony Xperia Device Spotted on Geekbench with SDM855 SoC
It is expected that the Snapdragon X50 modem will be launched officially for the flagship devices within the first half of 2019. Some of the mobile manufacturers are already prepared the devices with that chipset. A Sony phone was already spotted on Geekbench with Snapdragon 855 SoC earlier this month with a model name of H8526. This device could be the next-generation Sony Xperia XZ3 lineup. That Xperia device scored a massive 3033 points on Single-Core and 10992 on Multi-Core benchmark.
The device will have 8GB of RAM and will run on Android 9.0 as well. So, it is expected that the upcoming Snapdragon 855 chip will be 30% more powerful than the SDM845. As the IFA 2018 on its way, we can expect that Sony could unveil something very surprising.
Xiaomi Device Appeared on Geekbench with Snapdragon 855
Now one of the Xiaomi devices has entered into the competition with that chipset and spotted on Geekbench again with 6GB of RAM and Android 8.1 Oreo operation system. The base frequency of the processor is 1.90GHz which is quite similar to the last generation SDM835 chipset. That unknown Xiaomi device scored 1784 points on Single-Core and 6359 points on Multi-Core. This score is the lower than the current SDM845 SoC.
Now the thing is that the next-generation flagship processor scores similar to previous generation chip. There is no other information available about the specifications and features yet. However, this device could be the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, but the device will launch at the end of this year. Till then we have to wait for more leaks.
Expected Availability of SDM855 Powered Smartphones and 5G Connectivity
The latest upcoming flagship smartphones will come very soon in India with SDM855 SoC. However, there is no confirmation yet as the mass production of handsets and chipsets are in the works. There is another issue regarding 5G connectivity in India. Because in India 4G LTE is currently growing rapidly with so much recharge plans and offers in the market.
There are a few mobile network communication companies survived. Within a year, it could be quite difficult to streamline the 5G networks all over India by some carrier companies. However, the Reliance Jio is expected to launch their first ever 5G networks all over in India and the process is in the works. So, before the half of 2019, it could trouble Indian consumers to buy SDM855 chip powered devices with higher price rates.