Google’s next-generation Pixel smartphones will offer Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor, according to a new report. It’s currently impossible to get your hands on the chip in the U.S. unless you buy one of Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 devices, but that won’t be the case in the coming months.
Samsung, which manufactures the Snapdragon 835 on behalf of Qualcomm, has a deal that ensures its Galaxy S8 series was the first to offer the new processor. But now that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are on sale, it won’t be long before the chip is made available to other device makers. According to WinFuture, one of them will be Google.
It’s not exactly surprising that the Pixel 2 lineup will feature the Snapdragon 835; Google will be working to ensure it’s one of the fastest smartphones available when it makes its debut. But just in case you had any doubts, three Google devices with Snapdragon 835 chips — codenamed “Walleye,” “Muskie,” and “Taimen” — have been added to the Android Open Source Project repository.
That’s right — three devices. This could confirm recent reports that have suggested Google will launch a flagship Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 alongside an even larger model. That larger model, according to one rumor, is the one nicknamed Taimen. Other reports have suggested Google is planning a more affordable Pixel device, though, if true, it’s unlikely to offer a Snapdragon 835 processor.
It’s thought HTC, which manufactures the existing Pixel lineup, will also be responsible for the second-generation models. We don’t know much else about these devices yet, but further leaks should reveal more before they make their official debut around October.