As it turns out, the first smartphone to come powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 823 chip will apparently be launched at the MWC Shanghai event in a couple of weeks.
Most flagships and high-end devices released thus far in 2016 come powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC. The list of handsets includes Samsung Galaxy S7, Xiaomi Mi 5, LG G5 and the recently released HTC 10.
It is worth reminding that Qualcomm’s 2015 chipset Snapdragon 810 was mired in overheating problems, which was one of the main reasons for the failure of several devices including that of HTC One M9. Last year, due to this critical issue, Samsung decided to use the Exynos chipset on its high-end devices.
Apart from the Snapdragon 823, Qualcomm is also gearing up to release Snapdragon 825, Snapdragon 828 and Snapdragon 830 chipsets eventually. The Snapdragon 823, on the other hand, is reportedly very much similar to the current favorite Snapdragon 820 in terms of configurations. However, S823 chipset runs faster than the S820. Plus, the chipset also comes bundled with upgrades like “Adreno 530 GPU, X12 LTE baseband and Cat.12 / 13 support,” Gizmo China noted.
Moreover, the first Snapdragon 823 powered smartphone is believed to be from LeEco. Much like other Chinese OEMs, LeEco is gaining grounds in the west. Not to forget, this company has already set up an office in the Silicon Valley, Phone Arena reported.
Apart from LeEco, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 6, also referred as Galaxy Note 7, has been rumored to come powered by S823. The Note 6/7 naming confusion is because Samsung is reportedly trying to follow the same numbering system as the Galaxy S series.
To top it off, a variant of Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe smartphone will apparently use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 823 under the hood.