It’s almost time for Qualcomm to unveil its next mobile chipset: the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. This is the silicon that will power many of the best Android phones of 2023, including the Samsung Galaxy S23 series.
If you are interested in the performance of a smartphone, it is worth paying attention to all the details about the chipset as soon as they become available. So far, we’ve only seen some leaked benchmarks hinting at a potential performance hit for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. And based on that, Android phones coming next year will pack a lot of power.
Here’s what we’ve heard about the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 News (Updated November 4th)
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2: possible release date
Qualcomm announced Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 on November 29, 2021 and Snapdragon 888 on December 1, 2020. If Qualcomm sticks to this announcement schedule, that would mean an announcement towards the end of November.
In fact, Qualcomm has confirmed plans for a Snapdragon event. (will open in a new tab) in Hawaii from November 15 to 17. That’s where and when we’re likely to hear about any new silicon.
Assuming we see the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for the first time in November, we can expect phones using this chipset to arrive as early as late 2022, with the bulk of devices arriving in the new year.
In the past, Samsung Galaxy S devices have typically been the first phones to feature Qualcomm’s new chip. The new Galaxy S23 is rumored to go on sale in January.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Performance
While we won’t know what Qualcomm’s new chipset will offer until its official release, we’ve heard rumors about Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 performance. The most intriguing rumor claims it will outperform the iPhone 14 and its A15 Bionic chipset.
This information comes from a leaker Digital Chat Station on Weibo, who stated that Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 can increase the frequency to 3.4-3.5 GHz. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 runs at 3.2GHz.
Also, we’ve seen some leaked benchmarks showing devices that supposedly use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, or so we think. The first comes from a device believed to be the Galaxy S23. It delivered a single-core score of 1524 and a multi-core score of 4597, the latter of which is better than what we recorded when testing the iPhone 14.
The iPhone 14 Pro, powered by the newer A16 Bionic chipset, scored higher than the rumored Galaxy S23.
Geekbench 5 results leaked
A second Samsung device has appeared on Geekbench, presumably the Galaxy S23 Plus. He posted similar results to the previous leak you can see above.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is expected to be manufactured on TSMC’s 4nm process and powered by the Adreno 740 GPU. In terms of core design, it will most likely feature Qualcomm’s new layout with one large core, four medium cores, and three small cores. .
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The results in the image above show that the chip was an octa-core design with three small cores at 3.02GHz, four medium-sized cores at 2.8GHz, and one large core at 3.36GHz. (Last rounded figure would be 3.4 GHz, which is what Digital Chat Station claims.)
This also aligns with previous rumors that point to one Cortex-X3, two Cortex-A715s, two Cortex-A710s, and three Cortex-A510s. A previous leak mentioned a non-existent Cortext-A720. However, Cortex-A715 and A710 do exist. Cortex-X3 is the most powerful ARM core.
Of course, we’re wondering why Qualcomm is using both the Cortex-A715 and the A710. The former is supposed to replace the latter, but both it and X3 are 64-bit only. The A710 and A510 support 32-bit versions, which means that Qualcomm may want to include support for legacy 32-bit applications.
The Adreno 740 GPU should also impress, and according to some rumors, it could match the iPhone 14 Pro. We will have to wait to see if this is true or not.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Phones
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Of course, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will likely be used in many flagship Android phones in 2023, except for the Pixel 8, which we expect to use Google’s own Tensor silicon. For example, all Galaxy S23 models are expected to be powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, just like the OnePlus 11 Pro.
We also expect Xiaomi, Oppo and Motorola to release Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phones in the next month or so as they all aim to be “first” with the new chip. Basically, it is believed that the best gaming phones like ROG Phone 7 and RedMagic 8 will also use Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 to great effect.
We may also see handheld gaming devices with the new chip as everyone is betting on this market, which is currently dominated by the Nintendo Switch as well as the Steam Deck. Qualcomm recently made a fuss about the gaming performance of its chips, and we expect this to continue.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2: Prospects
From the looks of it, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will be an impressive chip, perhaps even enough to give Apple a break. (Cupertino pays a lot of attention to the performance gap between its chips and those of competitors.) These leaked benchmarks certainly give us hope that Qualcomm is closing the gap.
We don’t have to wait long to find out everything we want to know about the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and a bit later to see the first phones using this chip. Be sure to keep it locked up here for all the latest news as it happens.
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