Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone is expected to be the first to hit the market running Qualcomm's much-improved Snapdragon 835 SoC. That should give the phone a leg-up on the competition out of the gate although as is often the case with Samsung flagships, some regional models will instead be powered by Samsung's own Exynos-branded chip.
The official Twitter account for Samsung's Exynos processor division on Friday tweeted a teaser image of a chip accompanied by the tag line, "Discover cloud 9 with Exynos." The tweet further told fans to be ready for #TheNextExynos which is "coming soon."
The type of processor you get in a Samsung flagship has traditionally been determined based on where you live. As CNET correctly highlights, the Exynos chips often come in phones sold in Asia while those in the US usually get Qualcomm's chipset.
The rare exception to this rule, however, was the Galaxy S6 which shipped with Samsung's Exynos chips in all markets. It is believed that Samsung made this decision in order to avoid using Qualcomm's toasty Snapdragon 810 processor.
The Snapdragon 835 is expected to be 30 percent smaller than the Snapdragon 820. It'll also consume 40 percent less power despite being 27 percent more powerful and with Quick Charge 4.0 technology, users should be able to gain five hours of battery life from just five minutes on a charger.
Samsung's Galaxy S8 is rumored to make its debut on March 29.