As widely expected, in the opening event Snapdragon Summit Underway in Hawaii, Qualcomm unveiled its new best-in-class smartphone chip: it’s called Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 And it replaces the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 at the top of the US manufacturer’s range. This is not a simple performance upgrade, because the 8 Gen 2 has a slightly different architecture than its predecessor and, above all, More jobs.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2: technical characteristics
Because the new Qualcomm SoC is manufactured by TSMC in “node“At 4 nm of the second generation. With the advent of the new chip (probably, at the moment not official) an unprecedented four-cluster system for the Kryo CPU. Specifically we are talking about:
- 1 x 3.2GHz Cortex X3 core (very high performance)
- 2 Cortex A715 cores @ 2.8GHz (High Performance)
- 2 Cortex A710 cores @ 2.8GHz (High Performance)
- 3 Cortex A510 cores at 2.0 GHz (high efficiency)
This is a different scheme not only from that of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, but also from that of the direct competitor Mediatek dimension 9200.
The new processor maintains support for 32-bit applications, albeit with reduced performance, since Cortex X3 and A715 are already unique CPUs for processing a computer. 64-bit code. The company also notes that the new Kryo CPU is capable of saving up to 40% on average in power compared to the previous unit.
As for graphics processing unitsor graphics card, Qualcomm has chosen a new Adreno-capable device 25% more power Raw while also saving energy.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Able to accurately manage displays on smartphones QHD+ up to 144Hz or 4K up to 60Hz. It can also stream images to external displays at up to 4K at 60Hz (with HDR10+ and Dolby Vision).
And for the new SoC, Qualcomm has also enabled video decoding with AV1 codecs So you can stream up to 8K at 60 frames per second (with HDR) without losing performance. Also, this GPU can be proud of being the first to support libraries Vulcan 1.3 And the OpenGL ES 3.2 used by the most demanding 3D video games. Also for the new SoC of course there is no shortage Snapdragon Elite Game Packthe specific software that allows the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 to perform Ray tracing in real time which also supports the new Unreal Engine 5.
The new second generation SoC from Qualcomm is based on the latest technologies in terms of memory. Smartphones that will have the new SoC will be able to integrate RAM LP-DDR5X Up to 4200MHz while flash memory for archiving may be in the format UFS 4.0compared to the UFS 3.1 of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ processor.
Space also for artificial intelligence with the arrival of the new Qualcomm Hexawhich continues to use the CPU and GPU to get all the power needed to run machine learning and deep learning code using 4.35 times greater power. It is also capable of supporting INT4, a new artificial intelligence format that is therefore incorporated into the specifications of Snapdragon SoCs. There is also new Qualcomm Sensing Hubwhich in this generation includes dual processors for artificial intelligence.
As for the photography section (ISP) We have Snapdragon Sight and its ability to support even sensors 200 megapixels With the ability to record 8K HDR video at 60 frames per second.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2: Not just 5G
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 integrates with the modem Snapdragon X70 5Gwhich has already been introduced by the company and which gives the processor the ability to navigate both networks 5G original (SA) and on non-citizens (NSA). It also makes the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 the first SoC capable of keeping active Two 5G SIM cards simultaneously (or one 5G and one 4G).
Thanks chip 7800 speed dial For the company, we will also have compatibility with networks Wi-Fi 7the next generation of the standard (not coming before 2024), the ability to create multi-link connections to increase bandwidth.
The chip also offers a Dual Bluetooth 5.3 With the ability to connect to two audio devices at the same time.
Speaking of audio outputs, it is worth noting the new chip Snapdragon Sound Built in Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 delivers high fidelity audio to smartphones that enable it. The chip is able to deliver Lossless sound at 48 kHz It offers a wireless transmission time of up to 48ms.
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Snapdragon 8 Gen 2: The first smartphones
We must see the first smartphones with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Arriving in a very short time, with the first announcements also arriving before the end of the year. Among the brands that will adopt the new SoC, Qualcomm lists Asus ROG, Honor, iQOO, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, Oppo, Red Magic, Sharp, Sony, Vivo Xiaomi, Meizu, and ZTE.