The latest Snapdragon 8 chipset from Qualcomm has propelled flagship smartphones to new heights in terms of speed and overall performance for various applications.
According to a recent leak from Chinese news outlet MyDrivers, the next iteration of Qualcomm’s flagship mobile platform, Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, is set to increase its frequency to an impressive 3.7GHz. This boost in performance is said to be powered by the chipset’s single prime Cortex-X4 core, as reported by GSMArena.
In addition to the frequency boost, another potential change for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is its internal architecture. The Weibo leaker Digital Chat Station suggests that the new chip could adopt a 1+5+2 configuration, with one super-large core, five large cores, and two small cores. This could result in more efficient and optimized performance for various tasks, from demanding gaming to everyday app usage.
This recent leak further reinforces a previous rumor from two months ago, which also hinted at the same core architecture for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3.
In addition to the upgraded CPU, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is also rumored to feature an Adreno 750 GPU. It’s worth noting that Qualcomm will likely continue working with TSMC for chip manufacturing but with an updated processing technology, potentially upgrading from N4 to N4P. This could offer a 6% increase in efficiency compared to the previous process, according to rumors.
According to recent leaks, the previous Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 prime Cortex-X3 core had a clock speed of 3.2GHz. Although the Galaxy S23 series launched with its own exclusive variant of the flagship chip, its speed was only marginally higher than the standard version. The SD 8 Gen 2 had a 1+4+3 architecture internally. If the rumors are accurate, Qualcomm may be reconfiguring the core layout to improve both speed and efficiency.
Previous reports also suggested that the upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 mobile platform may feature a different core architecture than its predecessor, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. The SD 8 Gen 3 is rumored to have a 1+5+2 internal setup, with one super-large core, five large cores, and two small cores. There is also talk of the chipset supporting a 64-bit-only era for smartphones. Additionally, the Adreno 750 GPU may be upgraded to an Adreno Gen 7.9.0 chip, which could increase its maximum frequency to 770MHz.
Qualcomm may release its next chipset earlier than usual. While previous iterations have typically been unveiled in the first quarter of the year, there is speculation that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 could launch as early as October 2023. However, the details are still scarce, and we’ll have to wait for an official announcement to confirm the exact release date.