Smartphones carrying Qualcomm's latest processor - the Snapdragon 835 - will be among the fastest and most powerful handsets around once they start trickling in this year. The new processor also offers faster graphics rendering by up to a whopping 25 percent as compared to previous CPUs. The Snapdragon 835 also allows devices to have longer battery life as it can consume almost half the power that the likes of the Snapdragon 801 needs. Furthermore, the latest Qualcomm chipset may be paired with at least 4 up to 8GB of RAM and at least 32GB of storage as well as huge Quad HD screens and high-end shooters.
Samsung received exclusivity rights from Qualcomm for the Snapdragon 835 which means no one else can use the processor before the Galaxy S8's release. Now that the smartphone is on shelves, other companies are slowly unveiling their own Snapdragon 835 smartphones.
Leading the list is the OnePlus 5. A recent leak showed that the flagship smartphone may be one of the best smartphones to come out this year. It even has the potential to be more impressive, spec-wise, than the Galaxy S8. Aside from the Snapdragon 835, the OnePlus 5 will supposedly have a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution as well as Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It will also have up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. Another facet that makes the OnePlus 5 a premium Snapdragon smartphone is its camera. It is rumored to come with 23-megapixel primary camera and a 16-megapixel secondary camera.
Google Pixel Phones
Phone Arena reported that Google will be releasing three Pixel phones this year, all of which will be powered by Snapdragon 835. According to the information uncovered via Android Open Source Project, the three Pixel phones are codenamed Muskie, Walleye, and Taimen. The next Google Phone will be the first to run on Android O. It will also have better camera and waterproofing.
HTC U 11
The former HTC Ocean is now known as the HTC U 11. Despite the name change, the upcoming smartphone will sport the Snapdragon 835 CPU and come with 6GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. HTC's flagship smartphone will also come with a 5.5-inch QHD screen, a huge battery with Quick Charge 4.0, a 12MP rear camera, an even better 16MP front camera, and the Sense 9 interface.
Microsoft Surface Phone
The Microsoft Surface Phone is some kind of an enigma. It's been rumored for years but nothing concrete has come out yet. CEO Satya Nadella did say that a Surface Phone would be "the ultimate mobile device" but he did not provide any details. Rumors, however, say that the Surface Phone will boast of the latest available processor. Some believe it will come with Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor. PC Advisor, meanwhile, said that the Surface Phone may utilize Intel's 64-bit processor. Of course, these are all rumors for now and unless Microsoft makes a formal announcement, then the much-awaited Surface Phone will be nothing more of a dream for now. If that dream does come true, the device will likely have 4GB of RAM, up to 128GB of expandable storage, a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display, 8MP front camera and a 21MP rear camera.