Qualcomm has scheduled a new chip launch event for today. Everything went according to plan. Today, the American chip manufacturer released the second-gen Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 parameters
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 adopts TSMC’s 4nm process, and its internal model is SM8550-AB. It claims to subvert the flagship model again in 2023. The company officially mentioned a few highlights, such as improved AI performance, unparalleled connectivity, champion-level gaming experience, trusted security, etc.
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Regarding CPU architecture, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 uses a Cortex-X3-based Kryo super large core with a main frequency of 3.2GHz, 4 performance cores (2 x Cortex A715+ 2 x Cortex A710, both 2.8GHz), 3 Cortex-A510 energy efficiency cores (small cores, at 2.0GHz).
Because the large core’s frequency is 200~300MHz higher than the first generation, the final CPU performance is increased by 35%, and the power consumption is reduced by 40%.
The chip also integrates a new generation of Adreno GPU with a 25% performance improvement and a 45% reduction in power consumption. The graphics also supports Vulkan 1.3 as well as hardware-level ray tracing technology.
Due to the integrated Hexagon processor, the performance of some scenes is improved by 4.35 times. So now, it can handle more complex scenes, such as real-time translation.
The chip has an X70 5G baseband and the new FastConnect 7800 unit. It supports 5G dual-card dual-pass (downlink up to 10Gbps), Wi-Fi 7 (up to 5.8Gbps, double Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.3, Bluetooth LE audio, 48kHz lossless audio, spatial audio, etc.
In addition, the new perception ISP (three 18bit) supports the latest CMOS of Samsung and Sony. The maximum supported sensor resolution is 200MP. At the same time, it comes with more powerful face recognition and supports up to 8K 30P or 4K 120P video shooting.
The first batch of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will come through multiple brands, such as Xiaomi, Meizu, Redmi, OPPO, VIVO, OnePlus, iQOO, Honor, Red Magic, ZTE, Sony, Nubia, Motorola, Sharp, and ASUS ROG. The first terminals will appear on the shelves as soon as the end of 2022.