With Samsung’s next flagship smartphone due to hit the market in less than two weeks, Qualcomm has revealed that it once again has a hand in Samsung’s underlying technology: The Samsung Galaxy Note9 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor.
In announcing the integration, Qualcomm highlighted its chipset’s connectivity and artificial intelligence capabilities. The Snapdragon 845 supports the kind of Gigabit LTE networking that allows the Note9 to download up to 1.2GBs per second; while its Qualcomm AI Engine supports the device’s intelligent imaging capability, allowing users to have their photos dynamically adjusted and optimized for professional-level picture quality. Its Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec, meanwhile, offers low-power voice processing for AI programs like Samsung’s Bixby virtual assistant.
Qualcomm and Samsung are, of course, longstanding partners, with the former’s processors having been used in a number of Galaxy mobile devices. In a statement announcing this latest integration, Samsung mobile R&D head TM Roh emphasized that relationship, saying, “Our ongoing collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies allows us to deliver a best-in-class experience.”
Another high-profile, returning partner in the Galaxy product line is Princeton Identity, which again provided iris scanning technology for Samsung’s latest flagship device. Samsung has placed a strong emphasis on iris-based authentication in its most recent premium devices.
The Galaxy Note9 is slated to go on sale in select markets starting August 24th.