Samsung's Galaxy S8 handset, which is expected to be unveiled next year, will come running Qualcomm's newly announced Snapdragon 835 chip, reports have suggested.
Information about the Snapdragon 835 has shown up on Chinese website Weibo. It reveals that the chip, model number MSM8998, will pack eight cores instead of four, confirming it'll arrive as an octa-core processor unlike the Snapdragon 820 and 821.
The leak also reveals that the 10nm processor will feature a Kryo 200 CPU, an Adreno 540 GPU, UFS 2.1 support and Qualcomm's top-end Snapdragon X16 modem, which is capable of download speeds up to 1Gbps.
Given that Samsung is building the chip, it's perhaps not surprising to learn that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor is also listed as heading for the Galaxy S8.
Samsung is building the octa-core chip using the 10nm FinFET manufacturing process, becoming the first company to start mass producing chips using the process.
Jong Shik Yoon, head of Samsung's chip-making business, said last week: "We are pleased to have the opportunity to work closely with Qualcomm Technologies in producing the Snapdragon 835 using our 10nm FinFET technology.
"This collaboration is an important milestone for our foundry business as it signifies confidence in Samsung’s leading chip process technology."
According to last week's announcement, the Snapdragon 835 will offer a 30 per cent increase in area efficiency yielding 27 per cent better performance, when compared to Qualcomm's 14nm Snapdragon 821 processor.
Qualcomm also claims 40 per cent lower power consumption, with the firm touting "significant improvements" to battery life.
Using 10nm FinFET, the Snapdragon 835 processor will also have a smaller chip footprint, giving OEMs more usable space inside upcoming products to support larger batteries or slimmer designs.
The leaked document over on Weibo mentions another unannounced Qualcomm chipset, the Snapdragon 660, that's set to land in Q2 2017.
This will come with eight cores as well, according to the leak, along with an Adreno 512 GPU and UFS 2.1 support. However, the Snapdragon 660 will be manufactured using the 14nm process, not 10nm.
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