2017 is coming to a close and three major SoC announcements from the big Android mobile chip vendors are rounding off the year. Qualcomm just unveiled its Snapdragon 845, Samsung recently gave away a few details about its next generation Exynos 9810, and Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 970 is already available in a few products. We can’t compare these chips side by side yet, as we’re still waiting on 2018 flagship smartphones to even be announced, let alone arrive in our hands for testing. Samsung is also keeping some details about its latest hardware under wraps for now, so we’ll have to make a few educated guesses. Based on the details revealed so far we can see a divergence in approaches to dealing with the latest mobile trends, which might give the most tech savvy purchasers pause. The introduction of 64-bit processors years ago was a big change for Android, but it generated some homogeneity between CPU design, as SoC vendors opted for quick implementation of off-the-shelf Arm parts to speed up development. Fast forward to today and chip designers have had time to explore their own designs once more. The Arm licensing ecosystem has expanded with new options for licensees too. Read more here…

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