When the Galaxy S8 launched this spring, it was the first high-end smartphone of 2017 to come with a processor designed for 10nm technology. Many people anticipated that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8995 to be faster than Apple’s A10 Fusion 16nm chip that powers the iPhone 7 models manufactured last year. Sadly, the iPhone 7 overpowered handsets that have 10nm chips.
Next year, the Galaxy S9 will be unveiling a brand of processor that is more efficient and faster than the Galaxy S8 chips. Nevertheless, it is still unknown whether it will be faster than the A11 Bionic 10nm chip used in the iPhone X.
Even though Samsung has not disclosed any information about the Galaxy S9, the company said that it is ready to build 8nm chips. The announcement came a few months ahead of plan.
There is a likelihood that the Galaxy S9 will be using the 8nm chips next year. The information from the mobile firm pointed out that the smartphone will have a simple Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 though. They did not specify the kind of processor technology the new chip will use.
The company’s declaration presented other clues that 8nm chips will reach other handsets. Samsung points out that the 8nm chips will offer unique benefits for applications such as mobile, cryptocurrency and network, and adds that the company can quickly upgrade its production. On top of that, Qualcomm will continue working with Samsung on mobile chips.
Vice president of Qualcomm, RK Chunduru said that the 8LPP would experience its first upgrade because it uses verified 10nm process technology while offering better performance and scalability than the current products that use the 10nm processor.
The 8nm chips are expected to deliver a 10% lesser power usage and an up to 10 percent area decline as compared to the 10nm chips. The speed is also expected to improve.
It will be exciting to discover that the new 8nm chips will perform better than the A10 Fusion used by iPhone X. Even though the iPhone X experienced some challenges, it proved to be faster than the majority of Android phones.
Even though Samsung uses chips from Qualcomm, the firm also produces its high-end silicon for Galaxy S and Galaxy Note handsets. This week’s announcement also points out that Samsung is likely working on the next-gen EXYNOS chips.
Although the mobile company is planning to migrate to 8nm chips in 2018, Apple might not do the same. TSMC, a company that produces the A-series chips for Apple products, intends to manufacture 7nm chips as from next year.
Samsung is already manufacturing the Galaxy 9, with latest reports saying that a prototype production run was conducted in October. Rumors antedating the iPhone X launch claimed that Samsung might be planning to launch the new Galaxy S model soon so that they can counteract the iPhone X.
On top of that, the latest news from a trusted source points out that Samsung might be planning the release of Galaxy 8 successor sooner than projected.
Features that Samsung Galaxy S9 might copy from iPhone X
Some reports claim that The Galaxy S9 will have a mild ramp compared to its predecessors. The smartphone will be more superior to the Galaxy S8, and the company will concentrate on new software features to make the Galaxy S9 stand out.
Another trusted source claimed that the Galaxy S9 would be a superior version of the two upcoming flagships, with the company ready to copy some features from iPhone 7 playbook.
Samsung is responsible for making the OLED screen in the all the screens used by the Apple company. The OLED screen is ranked as the best in the market and it’s one of the most expensive components in iPhone X right now.
There is a probability that the Samsung Galaxy S9 will have an improved OLED display than other models. However, the quality of the screen is not the only feature that the Galaxy S9 will copy from iPhone X. Galaxy s9’s ratio of screen-to-body might be as high as 90%. The Galaxy S8 comes with a screen-to-body ratio of 84:5 while that of the iPhone X is at 81.49%.
Apple advertises its iPhone X as an all-screen phone. The device comes with a uniform bezel surrounding the screen, and the company used a flexible OLED screen to extend it to the edge of the phone.
The Galaxy S9 might copy that feature if this report is accurate and further reduce the top and bottom bezels. However, given that the Samsung flagships come with curved edges, the Galaxy S9 might appear more appealing than its predecessors might.
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