It has been quite a while since American chipset making company Qualcomm is making headlines recently. Earlier, there were several reports claiming Samsung would manufacture Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 830 chip on its behalf. Samsung is known to have mastered manufacturing 10nm processors with FinFET technology, something the company showed off in May last year. This could be why experts believe that Samsung may help Qualcomm manufacturing its Snapdragon 830 processor.
Now India’s import-export tracking website Zauba hints that Qualcomm’s long-rumored Snapdragon 830 chip (listed as MSM8998) is imported into the country, allegedly for testing purpose.
Interestingly, there are around 80 import entries from September 28th to October 6th. All the entries are originated from the United States, making their way to Hyderabad and Bangalore where Qualcomm India’s R&D and testing teams are operational. There is a possibility that Qualcomm might have already started testing its upcoming Snapdragon 830 chip in India.
Generally, Zauba offers very limited information regarding the shipments listed on its website. In this case, however, Zauba suggests that the shipments also feature 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB of flash storage. In terms of value, each shipment costs Rs. 102,641 (approximately $1,542).
The chip is also rumored to be based on the Kyro 200 architecture and will assist the Adreno 540 GPU for graphics. Few reports also indicated that the processor will be called Snapdragon 835 instead of Snapdragon 830. It is rumored to power the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 edge devices, which are said to launch sometime in Q1 2017.
The Snapdragon 830 will be a successor to the Snapdragon 820, which currently powers some of the high-end flagship phones such as Moto Z, Sony Xperia XZ, etc.