Qualcomm announces the processor Samsung will use in the Galaxy S9

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Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 845, its latest high-end mobile processor, at its annual technology summit on December 6. The chip, which retains the same 10nm footprint as its predecessor, is believed to be on board the Chinese, North American and South American variant of the upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.

That’s not to mean Qualcomm hasn’t made any improvements, though. The Snapdragon 845 features an all-new architecture, bringing a number of new features to the table, including 4K HDR video capture. There’s also a strong focus on AI processing, as well as a slew of performance and power-consumption upgrades.

  • 4K HDR – 60 frames per second
  • Full HD – 240 frames per second
  • HD slo-mo – 40 frames per second

It’s also worth noting that the Snapdragon 845 utilises the chipmaker’s latest gigabit LTE and Wi-Fi modems for connectivity. In addition, the new integrated Adreno 630 GPU provides 30 percent better graphics, 30 percent better power efficiency and can map rooms in real time for AR and VR applications, according to The Verge.

The pièce de résistance, however, is the unit’s ability to offer a background blur effect (bokeh) for images without a secondary camera sensor, thanks to machine learning—so it’s seems even more likely that the Galaxy S9 will come with a single-sensor configuration, while the Galaxy S9+ should feature a dual-sensor setup.

Related: Could this feature make up for a single rear camera on the Galaxy S9?

Galaxy S9 will feature an Exynos 9810 in Europe

The European variant of the Galaxy S9 is widely-rumoured to feature Samsung’s upcoming Exynos 9810 processor, which is expected to be built using the same process of the Snapdragon 845—and that makes sense seeing as the firm’s manufacturing subsidiary has been commissioned to build the chip for Qualcomm.

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parshakov
5 days 13 hours ago
parshakov

If the Exynos 9810 does not support 60fps HDR 4K, neither Exynos 9810 nor Snapdragon 845 Galaxy S9 variants will. Samsung will not want the Snapdragon version of S9 be better than the Exynos version, so wait until we know what the Exynos 9810 SOC is capable of before getting your hopes up!

preime101
5 days 19 hours ago
preime101

You seem to ignore that the second sensor on the note 8 isn’t just some one-trick pony to add some pointless background blur, it also adds a significant zoom upgrade with and optical “zoom”. I use the 2x mode on my Note 8 more often than the wide angle shot.

o0MHJ0o
5 days 23 hours ago
o0MHJ0o

Still waiting on a actual improvement to the camera in the Galaxy. They’ve been marginal upgrades – STILL waiting on a 1080p slow motion video. and now we have 4K at 60fps needs to happen. They do great cameras, but I hate that 4:3 aspect ratio for the highest resolution images. its just not great to share with massive black lines either side of images. Yes, I know Instagram uses this aspect ratio but not everyone uses Insta. Looking forward to the extra performance, I knew 4GB would not be enough with Bixby added.

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