Most top-tier Android phones and tablets use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or 8+ Gen 1 system-on-a-chip (SoC) designs. Now there’s a new chip on the block for next year’s big devices: the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
At the company’s Snapdragon Summit 2022, taking place in sunny Hawaii, Qualcomm announced its new top-tier chip for phones and tablets. It’s likely to appear on devices from Samsung, ASUS, and OnePlus next year, and it packs a punch.
Sporting a new Arm Cortex-X3-based Prime core that runs at up to 3.2GHz, the new Kryo CPU performs up to 35% better than the previous generation. We also have four performance cores running at 2.8GHz and three efficiency cores running at 2.0GHz. When it comes to graphics, the new Adreno GPU performs 25% better and is also 45% more efficient than before. Given how incredibly powerful the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 already was, we’re excited to see the prospects for how this chip will perform.
However, performance is not everything. Qualcomm claims massive improvements to the AI workload, and the company says you should expect up to 4.35 times better AI performance than on previous chips. It’s also the first Snapdragon chip to come with precision INT4 support for 60% more performance per watt.
The chip also includes new AI features for cameras. Qualcomm Spectra’s 18-bit triple cognitive ISP (which is a mouthful) promises real-time semantic segmentation, which Qualcomm says can “recognize and optimize” multiple parts of a frame, such as your face, your hair, or the background. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 also supports cameras up to 200MP, which is likely to catch on now, as well as 8K HDR video recording.
Other enhancements include the Snapdragon X70 5G modem, which adds “5G AI,” whatever that means, as well as Wi-Fi 7, which ensures your phone is ready for the latest technology as soon as it’s available, because you need it. What’s hot right now is Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 7 won’t be around for at least a couple of years. You also get Snapdragon Secure, to keep your phone and data safe from malicious actors, and Snapdragon Sound, which now includes spatial audio.
You can expect Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 to arrive from 2023, although some companies may want to start earlier than usual.