24 November 2022
Qualcomm has officially unveiled the next-gen Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor at its annual event in Hawaii. The chipset will power almost all the Android flagships of 2023. It comes with upgrades across all aspects including performance, power efficiency, camera performance, connectivity performance, and all AI-related tasks.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is based on the 4nm manufacturing process like the predecessor. It is an octa-core chipset featuring a "Prime" ARM Cortex-X3 core clocked at 3.2GHz, four "Performance" cores clocked at 2.8GHz, and three "Efficiency" cores clocked at 2GHz. It is claimed to deliver up to 35% performance boost and 40% better power efficiency. There is a new Adreno GPU that will bring 25% faster performance and 45% higher efficiency.
The new chipset will bring ray tracing tech support to all smartphones. This should mean more realistic-looking and immersive mobile video games but it will be up to developers whether they utilize it. It can support display panels up to Quad HD+ resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. If it is a 4K display panel, the refresh rate will be restricted to 60Hz. However, it does support up to 8K video playback through AV1 video decoding.
In the camera department, Qualcomm talked about using the first Cognitive ISP. It will help the chipset automatically enhance photos and videos in real time based on the subject. It has been tuned to work perfectly with the 200-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL HP3 camera sensor. The connectivity options include dual-SIM 5G, WiFi 7, and dual Bluetooth.
Qualcomm says we can expect Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor to make an appearance on commercially available smartphones by the end of 2022. Some of the OEM partners include ASUS Republic of Gamers, HONOR, iQOO, Motorola, nubia, OnePlus, OPPO, RED MAGIC, Redmi, SHARP, Sony Corporation, Vivo, Xiaomi, XINGJI/MEIZU, and ZTE.