Your Galaxy S8 won’t be the market’s top flagship much longer, as a new rumor suggests Google is gearing up to make its new Pixel devices the most powerful smartphones when they launch later this year.
According to a report from Fudzilla, Google is planning to include a Snapdragon 836 chip inside its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, making them the first to launch with Qualcomm’s as-of-yet announced chip. This move isn’t without precedent, as the original Pixel was the first to feature a Snapdragon 821 chip when it launched.
If true, Google’s line of Android devices will be the most powerful money can buy—more powerful than the Galaxy S8 and upcoming Galaxy Note 8.
No doubt, other devices with the Snapdragon 836 chip will be close behind, but it’s a significant move as Google looks to position its devices against the market’s biggest juggernauts.
Of course, specs aren’t everything, but the Snapdragon 836 chip is said to be 10-percent faster than the current processor found in the Galaxy S8. That matters to a lot of people, especially if the new chip requires even less power to operate.
It’s worth noting that there’s been speculation about the Note 8, which will be announced on August 23, will be the first to feature the Snapdragon 836 chip. We’ll find out soon enough if that’s true or not.
We’re still a few months away from the Google Pixel 2’s announcement, so anything could change between now and then. For now, check out supposed renders of the Google Pixel 2 XL.