Samsung and its chip partner Qualcomm are already hard at work developing the processor for the upcoming Galaxy S9, reveals The Investor, citing a report published by Korean news outlet Aju Business Daily.

It's believed that the chip will be called the Snapdragon 845, and will be manufactured by Samsung or TSMC using a 7-nanometer process, which should deliver improved performance, while consuming less power.

Qualcomm's latest processor, the Snapdragon 835, is manufactured by Samsung as part of a deal that reportedly ensured the Galaxy S8 was the first handset to ship with the chip, and we expect the same to happen with the Snapdragon 845.

This isn't the first time we've heard about the Galaxy S9

Funnily enough, this isn't the first time we've heard about the Galaxy S9. Earlier this month, a report surfaced online claiming that the firm had tasked a team with creating a display for the handset.

As we mentioned back then, it's likely that Samsung started development of the Galaxy S9 early to strengthen the quality control process, in order to ensure that everything is safe for use when it's eventually released.