Samsung Galaxy Note 7
A customer exchanges his Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7 to Galaxy S7 at company's headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, October 13, 2016. Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

With the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ out in the open, the attention is now focused on the Note 8. Thanks to the murmurs, however, folks have gone beyond that. In fact, they are now looking forward to 2018 for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

It may be a bit premature, of course, though it never hurts to tinker around and see what lies ahead. For Samsung, arming their phablet line with similar processors as its Samsung Galaxy S series is a given. But if the recent jabs are correct, the Note 9 may come armed with a better SoC than the expected Galaxy S9 or S9+.

According to Android Headlines, an industry insider claims that the Note 9 will come with a different system-on-chip (SoC), typing up to a change in product development strategy for 2018. If true, the Note 9 will come will tote either an 8 nm or 7nm processor node, hinting at a fictitious Exynos 9810.

A lot would depend on the landscape of upcoming chipsets heading into 2018. The Exynos 9810 SoC was actually linked to the S9 and S9+ and will ship with CDMA support. The said processor will be built using 10 nm FinFET technology, hinting at an ambitious and powerful chipset that should render more than enough power for the S9 series and the Note 9. Though these reports are best taken with a grain of salt for now.

Word out is that the Note 8 will bank on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 rather than a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 for the U.S. market. With a chipset that powerful, the next question is whether the new specs of the next phablet can rely on that SoC.

The Note 7 offered an impressive array of features which reports claim was too much for the octa-core Exynos 8890 chips to handle. Most know the story of the fire-causing phablet, and Samsung has since rebuffed that forgettable debut. Hence, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or even the Note 9 for that matter will need deeper evaluation, meaning it may not solely be on the powerful SoCs planned for them.