Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is only a matter of days old, but attentions have already turned to the phone that will eventually replace it, with the Galaxy S9 said to be in development. Rumors of the device were already beginning to circulate before the Galaxy S8 shipped, and it is known that the world’s largest technology companies like to have multiple releases in the chamber, all at differing levels of readiness.

According to a new report, both Samsung and Qualcomm are already hard at work on getting the Galaxy S9’s CPU ready.

The chip, according to the report, will likely be named the Snapdragon 845 and could be manufactured by either Samsung or TSMC once development on the part has completed. The Galaxy S8 is currently powered by a Snapdragon 835, depending on which country you buy it in, and while that is the hottest chip in the world of Android right now, multiple tests have shown that the iPhone 7’s A10 chip is considerably faster.

The Snapdragon 845 will presumably rectify that, although Apple will have revised its own solution before then with the iPhone 8 having been released.

While the Exynos 8895 chips are used in some international versions of the Galaxy S8, the report did not offer any insight into what is next for that particular family of chips. The Exynos currently in use is mildly quicker than its Snapdragon counterpart, though again, the Snapdragon 845 will likely eclipse that part as far as performance is concerned.

With what we presume to be around a year before the Galaxy S9 is ready for prime time, it’s possible anything could change between now and then. It should come as no surprise that the phone is already under development, though quite how far along that timeline the device is remains unknown.

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