The Snapdragon 836 processor was expected to get unveiled in the second half of 2017. However, Qualcomm didn't make any announcement regarding the launch.
Now, renowned tipster Evan Blass claims that the launch of the processor has been delayed until 2018. He further says that it may go through a re-branding and become a different SoC. If his claims are to be believed, then the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset instead of the Snapdragon 836 processor. Initially, it was rumored that Snapdragon 836 is an overclocked version of the Snapdragon 835 SoC.
Other than Google Pixel devices, the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Note 3 was also earlier tipped to come with a Snapdragon 836 chipset. However, the latest leak suggests the Mi Note 3 will feature a Snapdragon 660 mobile platform.
Well, if Qualcomm indeed launches the Snapdragon 836 chipset, it should be sometime in January. We say this as the chip-maker will also launch the Snapdragon 845 SoC in the beginning of 2018. So there must be some time gap between the two launches.
A few months ago, some rumors suggested that the Snapdragon 836 was canceled by Qualcomm. So better late than never.
If you recall, this year's flagship chipset Snapdragon 835 was launched later than expected. Due to the delayed launch, some flagship devices could not feature this processor. For example, the LG G6 came with a Snapdragon 821 processor.
Notably, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus were the first devices to pack the Snapdragon 835 processor.