In May of this year, Qualcomm eventually revealed the existence of the Snapdragon 845 chipset on its website, along with the new SD660 and SD630 SoCs that were officialized by the company. And it was not long before the first information about the company’s next high-end chipset leaked onto the internet.
It is believed that the Snapdragon 845 will come with an X20 modem capable of up to 1.2 Gbps data transfer speed, support for 802.11ad Wi-Fi, LPDDR4X RAM, UFS 2.1 and dual camera up to 25 MP. According to the leak, the novelty will come in early 2018, which coincides with rumors that Samsung and Qualcomm were developing the chipset for the Galaxy S9.
Now we have more evidence that the Snapdragon 845 is real and can be released soon. The hardware was mentioned in ITC’s filing suit against Apple. In the list we have several of the chipsets launched by the company, including also an unknown Snapdragon 440.
It is certain that the Snapdragon 845 will equip the main launches of 2018, including the LG G7. Qualcomm’s new SoC is expected to continue under the 10nm manufacturing process, as the forthcoming 7nm process is not yet ready for the mass production of a large number of chipsets.
While the Snapdragon 845 will be dedicated to upcoming flagships, we can expect the Snapdragon 440 to be geared towards upcoming incoming smartphones. So far we have not had any leak related to this SoC, being unknown its possible specifications and embedded technologies.
Separately, in a further chapter of the dispute between Qualcomm and Apple, the chip maker has sent the US International Trade Commission two applications that try to stop the sale of iPhones in Germany – or, of course, get Apple to pay the required royalties.
Despite a signal that everything could be settled out of court, the facts went the other way. A request for an effective ban on iPhones sales was made on July 6, which was one of the moves in a succession of lawsuits between the two companies in matters of Qualcomm’s intellectual property patent licensing.
According to the company, it is asking for a fair price for the pioneering technologies that have made the current mobile technology industry possible while Apple judges itself to be the victim of unfair contract terms.
Then the Association of Computer and Communications Industry, made up of representatives of companies such as Microsoft, Google and Facebook, positioned itself in favor of Apple. The association’s CEO, Ed Black, said many iPhone 7 units have Intel modems, not Qualcomm, and a full import ban would hurt consumers and the industry.