Samsung reportedly locks down Snapdragon 835

Alex Kidman 25 January 2017

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Qualcomm’s fastest processor might be an early Galaxy S8 exclusive.

Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 835 chip at CES, promising even more performance and improved battery life for the premium crop of smartphones in 2017.

It was widely expected that the flagship phones to be launched at Mobile World Congress would use the Snapdragon 835 as their processing hearts, but a new report from Forbes suggests that MWC might be a bit quiet on the Snapdragon 835 front.

That’s because Samsung has reportedly snaffled the first run batch of Snapdragon 835s to run its new Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone. Samsung has already announced that it won’t be launching the Galaxy S8 at MWC 2017, although rumours suggest it will have retail availability in April, which suggests a later March launch date.

If Samsung has an exclusive on the Snapdragon 835, that would either mean that MWC phones with the Snapdragon 835 inside will wait until after April to launch, or they’ll simply opt for other processing solutions, such as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821, found in the Google Pixel phones.

We’ll be reporting from MWC 2017 on all the new handsets and mobile developments from the world’s biggest mobile trade show, so stay tuned.

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