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Samsung locks up the Snapdragon 845 for the Galaxy S9

by Josh Levenson | August 21, 2017August 21, 2017 6:30 am EST

Samsung has reportedly struck a deal with Qualcomm to reserve the first batch of Snapdragon 845 CPUs for the much-anticipated Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, leaving LG without a processor for the G7, which is expected to hit the shelves in February.

Qualcomm inadvertently leaked the upcoming Snapdragon 845 when it lodged a complaint against Apple with the International Trade Commission back in July, revealing that the octa-core processor is the successor to the Snapdragon 835.

This isn’t the first, and most certainly won’t be the last, time that Samsung has teamed up with Qualcomm. Last year, it forked out a hefty sum of money to secure the first shipment of Snapdragon 835 CPUs for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.

Samsung is working on its own CPU

Not all variants of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will come with a Snapdragon 845 processor, though. It will be reserved for units in China and the United States, while all other regions will receive Samsung’s next-generation in-house CPU.


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Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead and has been an...