Snapdragon 836 doesn’t exist, Pixel 2 gets SD835

Google’s upcoming Pixel smartphones for 2017 are about a month away from being officially unveiled, and so far, there have been a ton of rumors making rounds around the internet.

Previous rumors have suggested that Pixel 2 will be powered by the new Snapdragon 836 SoC, which would essentially make them slightly better than the current flagship devices on the market. However, we have some new reports which say that Pixel 2 will be powered by the same Snapdragon 835 SoC. According to the source, it looks like the alleged new Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 SoC does not even exist.

The same has been confirmed by the sources familiar with Qualcomm. In fact, rumor has it that the next premium flagship SoC from the chipset manufacturer will not be the Snapdragon 836.

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It is also worth noting that the FCC filing for the Pixel 2 also confirmed the existence of Snapdragon 835 SoC on the device. While the Snapdragon 835 SoC is not bad by any means, this could be slightly disappointing for the enthusiasts who were hoping to see an upgraded version of the flagship chipset with Pixel 2.

Talking about the alleged new SoC, the Snapdragon 836 was expected to be a minor upgrade just like last year’s Snapdragon 821 was, over the previously launched 820 SoC. Hence, the overall performance of the new Pixel smartphones should not take a hit and we expect both of them to perform as good as the current flagships, if not any better.

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