With a long time to go before Samsung unveils a Galaxy S9 and S9+, there already are speculations that the company's next flagship smartphone series will be the first to have Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.
A recent report from the editor-in-chief of the Russian publication Mobile-Review.com, Eldar Murtazin, appeared to confirm earlier rumors that Samsung would get the first batch of Snapdragon 845 chips for the upcoming Galaxy S9 series.
While Qualcomm has not yet openly spoken about the Snapdragon 845 chip, there were reports earlier this year that claimed the company had already listed the next-generation mobile System-on-Chip in its patent documents.
Another rumor that made rounds last month said the Snapdragon 845 would have an improved speed clock of up to 2.5 gigahertz -- a real hefty specification for mobile devices.
On the other hand, speculations that Samsung is planning to get ahead of other non-Apple smartphone manufacturers by keeping all of the first batch orders of Snapdragon 845 have also been swirling around for a couple of months now.
However, in the recent report from Mobile-Review.com and Gizmochina, the publications seemed to confirm that the deal between Qualcomm and Samsung has already been signed.
Months before the Google Pixel 2 was revealed, there were speculations from multiple sources that the device would debut the Snapdragon 836, which did not happen. In fact, there were reports that internal sources even denied the Snapdragon 836 was underway. A source of Android Police also implied there have not been any plans for the rumored SoC.
This opened the possibility of an all-new lineup of powerful mobile chips from Qualcomm that might possibly be named Snapdragon 845.
In other related news, SamMobile recently obtained a copy of the supposed Galaxy S9 firmware which revealed that there will be two variants of the smartphone with model numbers G960FXXU0AQI5 and G965FXXU0AQI5.
The same report claimed that the leak of the Galaxy S9 firmware is not an assurance of an earlier launch. SamMobile believes the Galaxy S9 could be released in the same time frame as the Galaxy S8, which was unveiled last March 29.