Xiaomi Mi 6 leak hints at Snapdragon 821 SoC under the hood
Holly Goodman | March 18, 2017, 1:15
An early report mentions that the company might be looking to launch the flagship with a Snapdragon 821 processor instead of the Snapdragon 835, much like what we saw with a handful of manufacturers this year, including LG with the G6.
While the re-branding might sound like a public relations exercise, it indicates that Qualcomm might soon be diversifying into providing smartphone services.
It is important to note that Qualcomm has chose to remove the confusion between the technological terms of chips that power modern hardware.
For decades, the semiconductor industry has used the term "processor" to mean the component that powers the most advanced devices. This "Qualcomm Mobile" branding will help differentiate entry-level and high-volume solutions from Qualcomm's flagship and high-end Snapdragon premium mobile experience platforms. Qualcomm needs to accentuation, in any case, that the Snapdragon 835 SoC is more than only a processor, it's a full accumulation of odds and ends, including the processor itself, a GPU, a modem, and a couple of bits of programming that help make each one of those pieces cooperate. Sony is the only company that launched its flagship smartphone with a Snapdragon 835 chipset, while Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ too are expected to be powered by Qualcomm's latest chipset. Technologies like the RF Front End, Qualcomm Quick Charge, Qualcomm Aqstic audio DAC, touch controllers and fingerprint technology - all work together with the SoC to deliver a smooth user experience.
When it announced the Snapdragon 835 at the CES 2017 in Las Vegas in January, Qualcomm described it as "the first mobile platform to be commercially manufactured using the 10nm FinFET process node".
Going forward, McGuire said Qualcomm will only bestow the Snapdragon name on its premium mobile platforms; lower level products in the 200 tier will shift to a new Qualcomm Mobile moniker.
Presently, after very almost a time of unveiling Snapdragon processors, the organization has declared that Snapdragon is no longer a line of processors, it's now a platform.
But that's not the only branding change that the firm is making; the Snapdragon 200-series of chipsets won't be called Snapdragon anymore at all. Starting today, Qualcomm wants you to refer instead to the Snapdragon platform.