Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile processor

Meet the chipset that will power your next flagship

Today Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. A mobile processor for use in a smartphone—especially Android smartphones. To be more precise, the most powerful (and most expensive) ones.

Virtually every manufacturer of high-end Android smartphones uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8x processor. Think Samsung, Motorola, and Xiaomi. Not surprisingly, Qualcomm mentions some of these manufacturers in its press release. They will apply the now-unveiled Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 to their products.

Comparison chart of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 mobile processor series
Comparison of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 with its predecessors (click to enlarge)

Like the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the Gen 2 is built on TSMC's 4nm process. However, by using a new ARM design and higher clock speeds, Qualcomm thinks it will achieve greater performance. The octa-core Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor consists of one Prime core at up to 3.2 GHz (ARM Cortex-X3), four powerful Performance cores at 2.8 GHz (ARM Cortex-A715), and three power-efficient Efficiency cores at 2.0 GHz (ARM Cortex-A510).

Faster AI Engine

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is 35% faster and 40% more energy efficient than its predecessor. The new Adreno 740 GPU is 25% more powerful and 40% more energy efficient. Games will run smoother as a result. But what the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 especially excels at are AI calculations. Software using the AI engine is up to 4.35x faster than before.

Before and after picture of a dish with food using Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 AI feature
Shoot better pictures thanks to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 AI features

Optimized for the Galaxy S23 Ultra

Qualcomm says we will see the chipset in products coming from Asus, Honor, Motorola, OnePlus, Redmi, Sony, Vivo, and Xiaomi. Missing from this list is Samsung. Rumors are that the upcoming Galaxy S23 uses the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Qualcomm optimized the Gen 2 for Samsung's ISOCELL HP3 sensor. This 200MP camera sensor will likely end up in the S23 Ultra.

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