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The Motorola Edge S will debut a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series chipset

Motorola has hinted that the Edge S will feature a powerful chipset. (Image source: Motorola)
Motorola has hinted that the Edge S will feature a powerful chipset. (Image source: Motorola)
The Edge S will reputedly be Motorola's next premium smartphone, but new information suggests that the Snapdragon 865 or Snapdragon 888 will not be powering it. Instead, Qualcomm will leverage the Motorola Edge S launch to announce a new Snapdragon 800 series chipset. Apparently, a new 5 nm chipset codenamed Shima may be at the heart of the Edge S.

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It has only been a few days since talk about the successor to the Motorola Edge emerged, with the Edge S supposedly set to feature the Snapdragon 865 or Snapdragon 888. Digital Chat Station believes that will not be the case, though. At any rate, a new teaser by Motorola on Weibo confirms that it has called the upcoming handset the Edge S. The teaser image, which we have included below, also hints that a powerful chipset will underpin the Edge S.

According to Digital Chat Station, Qualcomm will use the Motorola Edge S to showcase a new Snapdragon SoC. Apparently, the chipset will be in the vein of the Snapdragon 865 or Snapdragon 888, so we should expect flagship performance from the Motorola Edge S. It is unclear what chipset Motorola and Qualcomm have chosen for the device. However, GSMArena asserts it may be one codenamed 'Shima'.

Apparently, Qualcomm has based Shima on a 5 nm process, as it has with the Snapdragon 888. Shima will feature four ARM Cortex-A78 cores split into two clusters. One will serve as a prime core with a peak clock speed of 2.7 GHz, while the others will be limited to 2.36 GHz. Additionally, the chipset will have four Cortex-A55 cores running at up to 1.8 GHz and an Adreno 660 GPU.

Theteaser's publication below suggests that Motorola is close to announcing the Edge S. It is unknown when it plans to do so, though.

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(Image source: Weibo)
(Image source: Weibo)

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Alex Alderson, 2021-01-14 (Update: 2021-01-14)