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Historically, you’d expect the next Samsung Galaxy S phone to be the first to feature Qualcomm’s latest mobile processor. This is certainly the way things have turned out in the past, and with the Samsung Galaxy S22 set to debut in the first two months of 2021, history would seem likely to repeat itself.

Except that rumors suggest otherwise. Earlier this month, a leaker named Digital Chat Station tweeted that Xiaomi and Motorola both plan to launch phones with the new Qualcomm silicone before the end of the year. If so, they would definitely beat the Galaxy S22 in the hand.

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Qualcomm typically leaves these announcements to the phone makers themselves, so once the new Snapdragon silicon rolls out, we expect more clarity on exactly when the first devices will release.

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It’s one of the first big Qualcomm events since Google’s Tensor chip debuted in the Pixel 6. It’s the silicon Google uses in its new phone instead of Qualcomm’s system-on-a-chip in part because Google wanted to incorporate the power of his Tensor. machine learning in smartphones.

We wouldn’t expect Qualcomm to even talk about recognizing a competing platform. But you can imagine that whatever Snapdragon enhancements showcased this afternoon will be seen through the lens of Tensor, especially on the AI ​​front.

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The references that are said to be related to Snapdragon 898 – the name of the chip rumored to be before Qualcomm cleared it up – haven’t been encouraging, but we won’t read much about them. Geekbench figures released in early November and a few weeks ago don’t paint a picture of a speed demon, with the new Qualcomm chip ending well behind the A15 Bionic processor Apple uses in the iPhone 13.

Don’t be put off by these early numbers, as they’re unlikely to paint an accurate picture of the final version of all versions of Qualcomm. Phone makers have a way to fine tune the performance of processors before they hit the market. So there’s a good chance that the chipset Qualcomm is unveiling will perform much better once it’s in a shipping phone.

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Just because the Galaxy S22 won’t be the first phone with the new Snapdragon chip – allegedly – doesn’t mean it won’t be a big chunk of Samsung’s phones in the future. In fact, at a Qualcomm investor event earlier this month, the chipmaker said it expects Snapdragon to be in 40-50% of the Galaxy S phones Samsung will release in the year. next.

The announcement came at the same time as rumors suggested that more Galaxy S22 models would be powered by the upcoming Snapdragon chipset. In previous years, only the US version of the phone featured Snapdragon silicon with Samsung Exynos chipsets powering devices installed in the rest of the world.

A Lenovo executive in China may have revealed early on which phone will feature the new Snapdragon chipset. According to PhoneArena, Lenovo China Managing Director Chen Jin took to Weibo to give clues about a Motorola phone powered by a chip that looks a lot like what Qualcomm plans to announce.

The phone in question is said to be the Moto Edge 30 Ultra, a new flagship device from the phone maker. It is not known if this phone would be limited to China or if it would eventually reach other markets like the United States. The flagship Motorola Edge Plus was released in the US last year, but in 2021 we only saw mid-range Motorola Edge models. like the Motorola Edge 5G UW.

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This year’s Snapdragon Tech Summit is slated to last two days, today (November 30) and tomorrow. Since it’s a long time to talk about a successor to the Snapdragon 888, you have to understand that there is more to the agenda than just a mobile processor announcement.

It helps that Qualcomm is making more than just mobile processors. Previous tech highs have also included other announcements focused on these chips. In the past, Qualcomm has introduced always-on processors for laptops, as part of its Snapdragon 8cx, 8c, and 7c offerings. Two years ago, at the last Tech Summit in person, the company showcased a mixed reality processor for headsets.

That’s not to say that none of those products are also on the agenda this time around, but it does give you a glimpse of other things Qualcomm could talk about besides new developments in smartphone processors.

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