Xiaomi has announced at the Snapdragon Summit that its next flagship will use the Snapdragon 845. The summit, held in Hawaii, is being used to show all new devices using Qualcomm processors. Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 845 earlier on Tuesday, and will release specific details about the processor on Wednesday, December 6.

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While not exactly surprising, this move reaffirms Qualcomm’s leading role in the mobile silicon industry. At the summit, Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun said, “Six years ago, we launched the Xiaomi Mi 1 using Qualcomm’s processor, which was the best at the time. Over the years, the flagship phones all adopted the top-tier Qualcomm processor.” Given Xiaomi’s position in the global smartphone market, this is reassuring news for Qualcomm and Android users alike who want the best of the best in their new phone.

Other smartphone manufacturers will undoubtedly follow in Xiaomi’s footsteps. Qualcomm’s current top-of-the-line chip, the Snapdragon 835, is used in most of the top Android devices today, from the US variant of the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 to the Pixel 2 and the LG V30.

Currently, we don’t know any other details on the 845, other than the fact that Samsung will be manufacturing it, as they have all of Qualcomm’s 10-nanometer chips.

Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 845 will focus on six main areas: creating and sharing content, mobile VR, artificial intelligence, data security, the global wireless experience, and more power in terms of performance as well as battery life.

We can expect 2018 flagships to use the Snapdragon 845, and we will share new details on it as they are released.