Will there ever be a Snapdragon 836? Definitely not for the Pixel 2

With the impending launch of the next generation of Google Pixel phones, known for now as the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2, many fans were looking forward to Google benefiting from a little bump in the current processor market for flagship phones. Early rumors indicated Qualcomm was working on an updated chip that would be the Snapdragon 836 succeeding the current top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835. Last week that fell apart when word surfaced the Snapdragon 836 would not be ready for the Pixel 2 devices. Sources familiar with the plans now say the Snapdragon 836 was indeed going to be used, but now there is a question as to whether that processor will ever be produced. 

According to Evan Blass, Qualcomm had indeed informed Google and their partners that they could expect the Snapdragon 836 to be ready for the new Pixel 2 devices. At some point though, Qualcomm realized they would not have the new chip ready in time to meet Google’s, HTC’s and LG’s production timelines as the chip needed to be delayed until early 2018. Thus far no information has surfaced regarding what changes to the chip compared to the Snapdragon 835 were causing a problem.

With the extensive delay, the situation has even changed to where it is uncertain whether the Snapdragon 836 will ever be released with that model name and number. Depending on how much of an advance the new chip is compared to the existing Snapdragon 835, the new processor could end up being the Snapdragon 845 rumored to be used in the Galaxy S9. Qualcomm could also decide to go for a completely different model designation.

Whatever happens with the Snapdragon 836 and whether it becomes a reality, Google is going to end up with the Snapdragon 835 in the new Pixel 2 devices.

Do you think Pixel fans and potential buyers will be satisfied with a processor equal to the rest of the flagship market?

source: Evan Blass (Twitter)


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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.