Earlier this year, the 2016 flagship android phones came with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, which launched in the first half of the year. But in the second half, the Qualcomm chipset manufacturer launched Snapdragon 821 processor that was slightly enhanced and improved SoC as compared to the 820 processor. And the Google Pixel phones use the 821 processor.
The same thing happens to this year, the 2017 flagship android phones pack a Snapdragon 835 processor. While the previous rumors claimed that the Google Pixel 2 will come with Snapdragon 836 chipset, which will offer slight improvements over the 835. But now a plenty of reports suggested that those Snapdragon 836 rumors were false, and this chipset even doesn’t exist.
It’s now believed that the Google next generation Android smartphone will come with the same processor as every other 2017 flagship Android phones have. As you all know, the phone will come in two variants: Pixel 2 and a larger Pixel 2 XL. The reports suggested that the smaller one will use an MSM8998 processor, don’t be confused, it’s another name of Snapdragon 835 chipset.
For now, there is no word whether the larger Pixel 2 XL will pack the same processor or not. But it is expected both will come with same processor, because the previous generation smartphone shared the same chipset.
Recently, the rumors said that the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 will power by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 chipset, but the Qualcomm confirmed that the next bezel less phone will also come with 835 chipset. That’s proved the 836 chipset doesn’t actually exist currently, but after this year, the company is expected to release a new flagship processor in 2018.