Both Samsung and Taiwan’s TSMC are working together to have begun testing on a 7nm process back in April.
As the Snapdragon 835 was to be the flagship processor for the year 2017. Reports from Android Headlines seem to suggest that Qualcomm in collaboration with Samsung are already developing their Snapdragon 845 premium segment chipset as early as in 2017 itself.
Rumors also claim that the Snapdragon 845 will be manufactured on the 7nm node and is going through a testing phase. The processor’s Kryo 280 cores are based on ARM’s Cortex A73 cores, with some subtle changes from Qualcomm’s end. Now, it looks like the company has started work on the Snapdragon 845.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 and 660 are going to launch soon and that’s when we might get a tip on the Snapdragon 845 as well. Right now, Qualcomm’s 10nm Snapdragon 835 presents a mixed picture. It gains in some areas while it lags behind in others.
- In floating point performance, the Snapdragon 835 will disappoint you.
- For integer, you’ll be better off and the processor’s strongest point is its memory performance.
According to TSMC, this new 7nm process is expected to offer an increased performance by 25%-35% over the 10nm process, allowing for almost 95% of all 10nm chips to fit in a 7nm chipset! This allows for even slimmer smartphones, but also room for larger batteries and even better performance when compared to this year’s models.
There is a doubt whether the processor will be a 10 nm or 7nm “because more transistors you can squeeze onto a chip, the more computing you can get done in a given time”, And will the manufacturer mention the processor in the upcoming months? We’ll find out for sure. Till then, stay tuned