The first phones with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor may have just started shipping, but it looks like a new Snapdragon 830 chip is on the way. And while it’s likely we’ll see plenty of Android smartphones featuring the next-gen chip in 2017, it looks like we may also see Snapdragon 830-powered Windows 10 phones.
A Microsoft support page notes that Windows 10 Mobile will work on a range of Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, including the MSM8998 chip… which Qualcomm hasn’t actually announced yet.
While we can’t be absolutely certain that the MSM8998 is the rumored Snapdragon 830, it’s most likely a high-end chip. The model number pretty closely mirrors some of Qualcomm’s current and previous-gen chips for flagship phones:
- Snapdragon 820 = MSM8996
- Snapdragon 810 = MSM8994
- Snapdragon 808 = MSM8992
About all we know for certain right now is that there’s a new chip on the way, and that Microsoft plans to support it. But older rumors suggest that the Snapdragon 830 processor will be a 10nm chip with support for up to 8GB of RAM, and that the chip should be available in 2017.
There’s also at least one report that claims Microsoft may use the Snapdragon 830 chip in its upcoming Surface Phone or a future Lumia handset.
via Nokia Power User