Samsung has reportedly struck a deal with Qualcomm to reserve the first batch of Snapdragon 845 CPUs for the much-anticipated Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, leaving LG without a processor for the G7, which is expected to hit the shelves in February.

Nothing is really known about the Snapdragon 845 chipset yet, but it’s sure to be one of the most powerful mobile chips of 2018, and is likely to be the successor to the Snapdragon 836 – a chip which itself probably won’t debut until the Pixel 2, and which is set to be more powerful than the Snapdragon 835 found in US models of the Samsung Galaxy S8.

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Qualcomm inadvertently leaked the upcoming Snapdragon 845 when it lodged a complaint against Apple with the International Trade Commission back in July, revealing that the octa-core processor is the successor to the Snapdragon 835.

This isn’t the first, and most certainly won’t be the last, time that Samsung has teamed up with Qualcomm. Last year, it forked out a hefty sum of money to secure the first shipment of Snapdragon 835 CPUs for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.

However, the Snapdragon 845 will probably also be exclusive to US handsets, as the latest source specifically mentions North America, and as Samsung tends to use its home-grown Exynos chips for the rest of the world.

Galaxy S9 could be the South Korean company’s first modular smartphone. It’s expected to sport an array of magnetic connectors, which will let you attach a ton of different accessories, like a battery pack, a gamepad and a 360-degree camera.

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