In 2018, Qualcomm will supply a number of companies with its latest processor to use in their flagships. The Snapdragon 845, which was detailed a few weeks ago, should act as a top-tier processor for the next twelve months. It’s what you’ll find in the next high-end phones from Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, and HTC. But it doesn’t look like Qualcomm is giving exclusivity to any company in particular. Instead the company will provide the processor to everyone as needed beginning in the first quarter.
An alleged roadmap belonging to Qualcomm has leaked, and it shows the phones planned to be released with Snapdragon 845. Let’s just say there’s no shortage of phones with the processor on the way.
It’ll be both Samsung and LG using the processor first. In 2017, Samsung entered into an exclusive arrangement to put the Snapdragon 835 into the Galaxy S8. The same won’t happen for the Galaxy S9. The LG G7 will also be announced in late February at MWC 2018 with the Snapdragon 845 running the show. From there, the usual group of popular brands will implement the processor.
Here’s what the leaked roadmap says is coming in the year ahead:
- February: Samsung Galaxy S9, LG G7
- April: Xiaomi Mi 7
- May: HTC U12
- June: OnePlus 6, ZTE Nubia Z18, Sony Xperia ZA Pro-A
- August: Nokia 10
- September: Samsung Galaxy Note 8, LG V40, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
- October: Google Pixel 3, ZTE Nubia Z18S, Sony Xperia XZ2, HTC U12+
- November: Motorola Moto Z (2019), OnePlus 6T, Samsung W2019
It’s a fairly predictable schedule for the most part. If there’s any surprise, it’s that Motorola plans to introduce a year-ending phone. Recently we’ve seen new members of the Moto Z family debut just before the start of the summer. Based on the leaked roadmap, the company’s schedule would be readjusted to fight Apple and Google head-on.
The Snapdragon 845 is official, and you won’t be waiting long to see it in fresh hardware.