Qualcomm, one of the leading smartphone chipset manufacturers, today announced its next-generation flagship processor in the Snapdragon series of high-end phones, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which is now available in the market.
As the name suggests, the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor is the follow-up to last year’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. It is designed to work better and more efficiently, especially when it comes to AI-related tasks.
The Kryo CPU in Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 has one main ARM Cortex-X3 core running at 3.2GHz, four performance cores running at 2.8GHz and three performance cores running at 2.0GHz. These are chips that are between 200MHz and 300MHz faster than last year’s chipset. The company says the new CPU is 35% faster than the previous generation and uses 40% less power.
Its latest Adreno GPU is said to be 25% faster and use 45% less power than its predecessor. It also equips the Snapdragon platform with hardware-accelerated ray tracing support. There is support for faster memory technologies, such as LP-DDR5X RAM with speeds up to 4200MHz and new UFS 4.0 storage.
The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is manufactured using the same 4nm process as the SD8 Gen 1. In terms of the display, the chipset supports QHD+ resolution with up to 144Hz refresh rate or 4K at 60Hz. It also works with external monitors with 10-bit Rec. HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and up to 4K@60Hz resolution.
In terms of cameras, it has three 18-bit ISPs that can handle three 36MP cameras simultaneously or even 200MP with just one camera. It also has a 108MP camera sensor with no shutter lag. The company has also made the latest Sony and Samsung sensors easier to operate with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 ISP. Sony DOL-HDR sensor and 200MP Samsung HP3 sensor work best with ISP on Snapdragon 8 Gen. 2.
Qualcomm says it has made changes to the Hexagon processor, making it 4.35x faster for artificial intelligence (AI) tasks and able to handle more complex tasks, such as translating a single language into multiple languages in real time. It is also the world’s first Wi-Fi 7 enabled chip.
The SoC features the Qualcomm Snapdragon X70 modem, which was presented at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. It has its own AI processor to improve 5G performance and supports dual active 5G SIMs, so users can connect to two different 5G networks at the same time.
Qualcomm has published a list of partners for its Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. Among the companies on the list are Motorola, OPPO, and ASUS ROG. But Samsung is not on the list. However, we are sure that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC will be in the flagship phones of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S23 series. The company said that by the end of this year, smartphones equipped with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip will begin to be launched.