Samsung is very excited about the Galaxy S10, and you should be too. The Galaxy range’s 10th-anniversary model will have slimmer bezels, an ’ultrasonic’ in-display reader, triple rear cameras, gradient colors and a 5G option. And now Samsung has accidentally leaked its next-generation chipset…
Credit for the spot goes to eagle-eyed XDA Developers’ writer Max Weinbach who discovered it buried deep in Samsung’s code for its upcoming Galaxy S9 Android Pie update, alongside references to the folding Galaxy F. And the wider consequences are significant.
What Weinbach found are Samsung references to an unreleased Qualcomm ‘Snapdragon 8150’ chipset. Until now this name was only a rumour, a reference to a major revamp of the Snapdragon 8xx line with entirely new branding and the introduction of Qualcomm’s first dedicated NPU (neural processing unit) which will deliver greatly enhanced machine learning.
The Snapdragon 8150 is crucial not only to Qualcomm and Samsung but to all flagship Android smartphones as Apple has used a dedicated NPU since last year’s A11 Bionic and smoked Qualcomm chipsets ever since.
And that’s only half the story.
Qualcomm’s next-generation Snapdragon is also designed to work with its X50 modem which is the company’s first 5G-compatible consumer hardware. With iPhones restricted to 4G for the foreseeable future, this is another potential big win and adds credence to leaks regarding a 5G Galaxy S10.
Yes, this top of the range model won’t come cheap but it’s worth pointing out that you’ll be paying a lot more for Samsung’s other (limited edition) game-changer…
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