The Galaxy S8 and S8+ just launched, but that doesn’t mean Samsung’s resting on its laurels, popping bottles over how pretty its newest smartphone is.
As always, work on next year’s flagship phone begins well before the launch of the current one.
According to The Investor, Samsung and Qualcomm have started designing the next mobile system-on-chip (SoC) for Samsung’s Galaxy S9, slated to launch next year. The follow-up chip to the Galaxy S8’s existing Snapdragon 835 will reportedly be called the Snapdragon 845.
It’s believed the chip will still be based off the 835’s 10-nanometer manufacturing process, allowing for further increased performance and greater power efficiency.
While Apple’s A-numbered chips powering iPhones still crush Samsung’s phones when it comes to sheer performance, the 845 chip could put Samsung (and other flagship Android phones, for that matter) back on top.
It may seem lame that the first rumor about the Galaxy S9 reveals nothing in the way of design or features, but the chip actually says a lot.
Way before we even knew anything (official, at least) about the Galaxy S8, we knew it would be come with the 835 chip, which told us it would be come with a 27 percent performance boost over the Snapdragon 820/821, and it would be 25 percent more power efficient. We also knew it was designed to boost mobile VR performance, help improve photos and videos, open up support for better biometric security, and more.
Hardware-wise, though, we have a few things on our wish list we’d love to see Samsung include on the Galaxy S9:
Dual cameras for optical zoom (to compete with the iPhone 7 Plus, and its successor)
Fingerprint sensor embedded under the screen and not next to the back camera
A Bixby button that is user-customizable
A larger (but still very safe) battery
Make sure it still has a headphone jack
If Samsung gives us all of these things, it might once again have the best phone on the planet — assuming the iPhone 8 doesn’t blow it away.