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Google’s Pixel 2 is searching for a new processor

by Justin Herrick | September 6, 2017September 6, 2017 7:00 am EST

Qualcomm isn’t going to announce the Snapdragon 836 anytime soon. Actually, the processor won’t ever be made official. It turns out that, after months of rumors pointing to a late 2017 launch, Qualcomm is planning a different model for the next wave of flagships.

The Snapdragon 836 was never in development, according to XDA-Developers. Everything we’ve heard up until today has been false as a source says Qualcomm won’t be upgrading to anything in the fall. Instead the company will unveil a new processor at the very end of the year or at the start of next year, likely the Snapdragon 845, for the high-end phones introduced in Q1 2018.

Immediately effected by the news is Google’s Pixel 2, which is rumored to be announced on October 5. Google was expected to utilize the Snapdragon 836. Now, though, it is believed the Pixel 2 will ship with the current Snapdragon 835 as Qualcomm doesn’t have a new model scheduled for a launch this month.

If you were hoping to get a new processor in the next Pixel, this will definitely disappoint. Just keep in mind that the Snapdragon 835 is very capable model. It’s what Samsung uses in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 in certain territories, and plenty of other companies have implemented it as well. Plus, Google will probably tweak the processor for optimal performance.

Now we play the waiting game. Google should be announcing the Pixel 2 within the next couple of weeks, and Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 800 series model will come in a few months.


Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...