According to some sources, Qualcomm has already begun development for the successor to the Snapdragon 855 chip announced last year. Almost every flagship android phone in the market runs on Snapdragon 800 series chips and will continue to do so. You can expect to see smartphones with the alleged Snapdragon 865 processor in 2020.
Winfuture.de reported that Qualcomm has proceeded developing a new chip under the model number SM8250, which is a successor to the SM8150, internal model number for the Snapdragon 855. So it is pretty safe to assume the chip in question is the Snapdragon 865. Although Qualcomm has been fairly good with naming schemes, there is no evidence on the name, the chip could end up being called something else when it is announced later this year in December.
The new SoC is being referred to as ‘Project Kona’. Kona is a place in Hawaii, the chip-maker is known for these names as the tech summit where these flagship chips are announced is hosted in Hawaii every year.
So far no details about specs have been given out. All we got to know is that the chip will be on a 64-bit architecture (obviously). The interesting thing to note here is that support for LPDDR5 ram has been spotted in this processor. The Snapdragon 865 shall be the first smartphone SoC to be bundled with LPDDR5 ram if this actually turns out to be true. The faster ram could lean towards a major performance leap as ram standard has been refreshed after many years.
Apart from this, a new 5G modem was also found to be in the report, carrying the model number SDM55. Rumours suggest that the 5G modem could be embedded onto the chip itself in the future. Even if that seems possible, you should not get your hopes up until some concrete reports come out.