Google Pixel and Pixel XL 2, the second-generation Pixel smartphones won't feature Qualcomm's updated Snapdragon 836 mobile platform, reports XDA Developers. The new report indicates that Snapdragon 836 isn't the next premium mobile platform from Qualcomm.
Earlier reports suggested that Qualcomm will make the updated Snapdragon 836 available right in time for the launch of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Qualcomm has set a precedent by updating its flagship mobile chipsets in the second half of the year. Google's original Pixel lineup launched with Snapdragon 821, an updated variant of the Snapdragon 820.
Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are now expected to launch with Snapdragon 835, the flagship mobile platform found on other devices like Samsung's Galaxy S8 series, Galaxy Note 8, OnePlus 5 and LG V30. Interestingly, the Snapdragon 835 powering the next generation Pixel devices could be faster in terms of clock frequency and offer improved battery performance.
Android Police further notes that Qualcomm never planned to launch an updated variant of Snapdragon 835 called Snapdragon 836. With Snapdragon 836 dropped, Qualcomm is said to be concentrating on its next flagship Snapdragon 845 chipset. The Snapdragon 845 mobile platform is expected to debut either at the end of Q4 2017 or at CES early next year.
Some reports have indicated that Samsung and Qualcomm have started collaborating for Snapdragon 845 and the Galaxy S9 will be the first smartphone to use the next flagship mobile chipset. The handset is codenamed Star and is expected to debut at Mobile World Congress in February.