Even before the Snapdragon 820 powered smartphones hit the market, rumors about its next generation, namely Snapdragon 830 have started making rounds. The latest rumor from Weibo states that Qualcomm will rely on Samsung for manufacturing its next-generation chipset.
The source states that Snapdragon 830 (MSM8898) will continue to use Kyro architecture. So, it looks like the rumors about the company ditching custom cores in favor of stock ARM cores may not be true. However, the chip will feature the upgraded generation Kyro architecture.
According to the rumor, Snapdragon 830 will use Samsung’s 10nm manufacturing process which will be even better than the current 14nm process used by Exynos 8890 and Snapdragon 820. In fact, Samsung recently revealed that it has undertaken the mass production of the Snapdragon 820 chipset this year. So, it likely that next year too, Qualcomm may ask Samsung to manufacture its chip, based on the company’s latest 10nm process.
If true, this will mean that next year’s chipsets will be even smaller than the current generation. It will be more powerful but efficient at the same time, which will significantly improve the overall performance of the chip. What’s more, the source states that the chip will be able to support up to 8GB of RAM on board, which means multitasking will be a breeze on the devices that end up with the Snapdragon 830.
The chip is said to release sometime early 2017. [source]