Many smartphones this year are powered by the latest Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 865. It is the 7mn architecture chipset with a 5G modem. In order to continue the top rank of a mobile chipset, one of a powerful chipset, and a wide range of use, Qualcomm has been ready to get into testing its next-gen mobile flagship chipset. The next chipset will be Snapdragon 875 and its production has reportedly been kicked off by TSMC, according to the report from Taiwan written in Chinese.
As indicated in the report, Snapdragon 875 will be based on the company's new 5nm process node. TSMC is said to have three 5nm nodes – regular 5nm, 5nm Plus, and Enhanced 5nm. There is currently no word that Qualcomm has opted for.
The 5nm manufacturing process, as expected, should involve more transistors on board, offer higher clock speeds, and be more efficient. Snapdragon 875 will stick to the 1+3+4 core architecture, but the prime core will most likely be the new powerful Cortex-X1 core instead of the overclocked Cortex-A78 core. We'll find three Cortex-A78 cores and four Cortex-A56 cores on this chipset.
Cortex-X1 is said to offer performance gains of 30% over the previous-gen Cortex-A77 found onboard the Snapdragon 865 for those unaware. According to rumors, the processor is most likely to be paired with the Adreno 660 GPU.
Qualcomm is going to start expanding with its new flagship SoC on 5G networking. We can, therefore, expect the 5G modem to be integrated into the chipset itself. Currently, phone makers are forced to use the 5G modem when ordering the Snapdragon 865 SoC. The Snapdragon X60 5G modem is what should be baked in the Snapdragon 875. This 5G modem is even rumored to be baked on the upcoming 5G Apple iPhones.
TSMC is to be known as an Apple A-series chipset maker and also high-end GPUs for AMD. Due to the range of Snapdragon 865 is still on the way. Rather, this is just the start of Snapdragon 875, it will take a long period to see the announcement of this new chipset. It is expected to be officially unveiled later at the end of this year.