The mobile industry has become sort of predictable in recent years, with a few smartphone manufacturers in particular constantly playing it safe and repeatedly trying basically the same thing in the vain hope of achieving different results.
The stuff dreams are made of
- Snapdragon “SM8475” processor
- 6.67-inch OLED display with 144Hz refresh rate technology and Full HD+ resolution
- 200 + 50 + 12MP rear-facing camera setup
- 60MP front-facing shooter
- 8 and 12GB RAM paired with 128 and 256GB storage space
- 125W wired charging support
- 50W wireless charging capabilities
- Android 12 software out the box
This is how a true next-gen 5G flagship should look on paper, but before you get too excited (as if that’s even possible at this point), it’s important to keep a few things in mind.
Don’t expect a release anytime soon
In case you haven’t realized, there’s no such thing as a Snapdragon SM8475 SoC… yet. That’s merely the model number of the no doubt state-of-the-art silicon Qualcomm is working on as a future replacement for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
Could the sequel to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 come sooner rather than later?
Nonetheless, we highly doubt the device known currently just by its Frontier codename will see daylight before fall, which unfortunately makes all of the above specs (even if real) subject to a lot of prospective last-minute change.
Then there’s purportedly a Sony-made 12MP telephoto sensor in the pipeline, as well as a 60MP OmniVision selfie cam that could be borrowed straight from the Motorola Edge X30. The X30, however, is “only” capable of 68W wired charging speeds while lacking any sort of wireless charging technology, compared to the “Frontier”, which could eclipse even the likes of the OnePlus 10 Pro and more or less match the Xiaomi 12 Pro in those key departments.