Snapdragon 8 Gen 2: 5 things you need to know about Qualcomm’s latest processor
Focusing on power and efficiency
It’s that time again, when we get a glimpse at what smartphones launching next year are going to offer. Qualcomm has taken the wraps off its next-gen mobile chipset, which will power some of the most talked-about flagship smartphones next year. Yes, we are talking about the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, and here are five things you need to know about it.
5 things to know about Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip
Qualcomm has focused on improving power and efficiency, with the Gen 2 chipset claimed to offer up to 35% higher performance and up to 40% higher efficiency than the Gen 1 chip. It is built using TSMC’s 4nm process, and uses eight ARM cores in a (1+4+3) arrangement. Of these eight, there’s one Kryo Prime core for high single-threaded performance, four performance cores to handle multitasking, and three efficiency cores. The Gen 2 Snapdragon chip also supports faster technologies like LP-DDR5X RAM and USF 4.0 storage.
As for the chip’s graphical performance, Qualcomm claims it offers 25% higher performance and up to 45% better power efficiency. In what comes as music to gamer’s ears, the chip now supports Ray Tracing, which is likely to bring PC and console-level graphics to mobile games.
Upcoming flagship smartphones will also boast up to QHD+ resolution at 144Hz or 4K resolution at 60Hz thanks to the new chipset. It also supports external displays with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz, and AV1 video decoding for streams up to 8K at 60fps.
Qualcomm claims that its new chip is optimised to work with Samsung’s 200MP HP3 sensor as well as Sony sensors with Digital Overlap HDR (DOL-HDR). We can also expect upcoming smartphones with this chipset to boast various camera configurations that include up to three 36MP lenses, a 108MP lens with zero shutter lag, and even a 200MP single lens.
As for videos, the chipset now supports recording of up to 8K HDR footage at 30fps, 4K footage at 120fps, and slow-motion videos (720p at 960fps). There’s also support for popular video formats like HDR (including HDR10+), HLG, Dolby Vision, and more.
Needless to say, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip supports the latest 5G bands courtesy of the upgraded Snapdragon X70 modem. It promises peak downlink speeds of up to 10Gbps, and peak uplink speeds of up to 3.5Gbps. The modem supports dual-SIM slots that can include two 5G SIMs running at the same time. Alternatively, you can also use a combination of a 5G and 4G SIM card.
The new chip recognises the upcoming Wi-Fi 7 standard (802.11be), thanks to the new FastConnect 78000 system. This system also brings in lower latency, support for speeds up to 5.8Gbps, Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity, and 48kHz lossless music streaming.
Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon chip is not only fast, but also smart with up to 4.35x improvements in AI performance. Features using AI will see an improvement in overall performance. For instance, the camera app using AI to will be able to better (and faster) recognise objects like face, skin tones, hair, background in an image.
When can we expect Snapdragon 8 Gen 2-powered phones?
Not surprisingly, a few brands have revealed their plans of launching flagship smartphones running the latest Qualcomm chip. Oppo has announced that its upcoming Find X phone will be powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip. Motorola too has revealed that its Moto X40 will come with the latest chip.
Other brands that have hinted at their plans include Xiaomi, Asus, Honor, ZTE, OnePlus, and iQOO to name a few. While the launch timelines are still under wraps, we might start seeing some of these new devices towards the end of this year, and early next year.
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