We haven’t even seen the first handsets with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor launched and already there’s talk about the Snapdragon 830. Sources from China have it on good authority that the chipset will be codenamed MSM8998 and it’s going to be using the 10 nm production process.
It appears that Samsung technology will also be used in making the product. Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 relies on the 14 nm Samsung manufacturing process, but the future generation will rely on the 10 nm production process and upgraded Kyro cores compared to the S820 ones. While the Snapdragon 820 will probably be found on early 2016 devices like maybe the Galaxy S7, the Snapdragon 830 will most likely appear in the second half of 2016.
We’re expecting it on the likes of the Galaxy Note 6 and the successors to the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. We’re also expecting the upcoming Samsung Exynos chips to go with the 10 nm process and MediaTek and Huawei’s Kirin will probably take suit, although a bit slower probably. It remains to be seen if there will be an intermediary chip between the S820 and S830, like the Snapdragon 808 was.