Since the spring lineup of Snapdragon 820 mobile powerhouses is almost complete, with the Galaxy S7 duo, LG G5, Sony Xperia X Performance and Xiaomi Mi 5 all either announced or commercially launched, and the HTC 10 mere hours away, it feels like a pretty good time to start looking towards the (not-so) distant future.
What might fall bring in terms of Android-based flagships? A Galaxy Note 6, without a shadow of a doubt, plus obligatory new top-shelf models from companies like Sony and LG. All these should have a processor in common, and despite Snapdragon 820’s sizzling hot reception, Qualcomm is reportedly working on a sequel already.
A marginally faster silicon, judging from its rumored name and model number – Snapdragon 823 and MSM8996 Pro respectively. This isn’t the first time we’re hearing about an H2 2016 phone possibly accommodating a brand-new SoC, and while our source today isn’t exactly rock-solid, it appears to know a lot of specifics.
Namely, that the Snapdragon 823 will feature a quad CPU with Kryo cores clocked at up to 3GHz, 720MHz Adreno 530 GPU, and 8GB LPDDR4 memory support. Before you get too excited (or outraged at the waste of RAM), just because the chip can technically work with 8 gigs of the good stuff, it doesn’t mean it’ll go beyond the previously speculated 6GB mark.
What makes this rumor feel particularly sketchy is its Weibo originator hints at the Samsung Galaxy Note 6, an “unknown” Sony Xperia, and… LG G Flex 3 coming soon with SD823 power. But there’s absolutely no way LG will reconsider and reboot the G Flex family when a far more popular V10 is waiting for a follow-up.