We have to admit it. Samsung has an iron grip on the premium Android smartphone market, unlike any other brand. A chief example of that was the exclusivity of the Snapdragon 835 for the Galaxy S8, in the beginning at least. This gave the Samsung flagships a head start and a boost in sales as well while suffocating competing brands like LG. Their Korean counterpart had to ship the LG G6 with the Snapdragon 821 as a consequence of the situation. As a result, sales of the LG G6 dwindled badly.
But it looks like more bad news are in store for Samsung rivals. Russian tech journalist, Eldar Murtazin, tweeted that the Galaxy S9 will have first dibs on the Snapdragon 845. He also said that Samsung will launch the phone a month earlier than usual. Apparently, Samsung has once again made a deal with Qualcomm to buy the whole first batch of the new flagship mobile platform. This is a big blow for Samsung arch rivals as Samsung will have a clear advantage over all other flagships next year.
As we all know, the Snapdragon variants land on US shores, these too will probably hit the US market. The S lineup has been traditionally launched at the MWC, the Galaxy S8 was an exception. With that in mind, we can expect the Galaxy S9 within the February to March time frame.
This exclusivity presumes that Samsung is going to manufacture the new silicon for Qualcomm like they did last year. However, there are contradicting reports too that say Qualcomm has ditched Samsung in favour of TSMC or LG. The Snapdragon 845 will be manufactured on the 10 nm Low Power Early (LPE) FinFET process. Moreover, it will come with a combination of Cortex A75 cores and Adreno 630 GPU.
Obviously, these are just reports from industry sources, so we advise to digest them with a pinch of salt, even though it confirms earlier similar rumours.