Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is finally, in reality, the new platform was unveiled by the American company during the second Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii. The new chipset is designed to power a range of next-generation Android flagship smartphones that will debut in 2018.
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun at the event said that Qualcomm has always been part of Xiaomi’s flagship smartphone launches right from the Mi 1 that was introduced back in 2011 and the next flagship Xiaomi smartphone will be powered by Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform. He said that 238 million Xiaomi smartphones are powered by Qualcomm processors.
Xiaomi Mi 7 will be the first smartphone to come with the Snapdragon 845 processor, while manufacturers like Samsung and LG can be expected to use the chipset in their flagships next year.
Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager of mobile for Qualcomm Technologies, said that the chip contains billions of transistors and executes billions of lines of codes bringing a lot of features and functions that are going to change the consumer behavior. It took them three years to put together.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 that was unveiled at CES 2017 in January. The chip will include the latest X20 LTE modem that offers gigabit connectivity on supported networks. Additionally, it will be developed in partnership with Samsung Foundry.
Xiaomi’s Lei Jun also joined the stage at the annual summit to announce a “close relationship” with Qualcomm. Jun, Xiaomi founder, and CEO, confirmed that the next flagship Mi smartphone will be powered by Snapdragon 845. “Xiaomi is committed to making devices that combine cutting-edge innovations in technology and beautiful design while defying price expectations, and we have chosen Snapdragon 845 to power our next flagship smartphone,” stated Jun. CNET reports that Jun also confirmed the name.
There will also be two new innovative laptops such as Asus NovaGO and HP Envy X2, the world’s first Windows 10 laptops equipped with Snapdragon 835 chipset and support for LTE “Always Connected” features.