We’re only slowly seeing the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset appear in smartphones, but our attention is already being diverted to 2023’s top-end phones. Qualcomm has confirmed the dates for its next big launch event, which may include the Snapdragon 8 Generation 2 chipset. We expect it to power Samsung Galaxy S23 and OnePlus 11 next year.
Hawaii will host the event November 15-17. These data are from a website Save the Date. The company usually has its event in early December. It’s unknown why the business moved the event forward to 2022, although it may be to beat MediaTek.
The business mistakenly revealed the Snapdragon Summit dates in June. First official confirmation of the event, although no merchandise are mentioned. We predict it’ll be the Snapdragon 8 Generation 2, but there’s no guarantee.
When will Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 launch?
Qualcomm’s next Snapdragon Summit will be in Hawaii from November 15-17.
Qualcomm has usually used the Summit to announce the current generation of Snapdragon chip, so we’ll likely meet the 8 Gen 2 during the event this year — likely at a keynote on 15 November.
The Snapdragon Summit usually takes place in early December. If we’re lucky, we’ll see the first 8 Gen 2 phones sooner.
What Will Snapdragon 8 Generation 2 Have?
Qualcomm hasn’t stated how the Snapdragon 8 Generation 2 will vary from the 8 Gen 1 and 8+ Gen 1. But rumours have lifted the veil.
NotebookCheck noted that tech leaker Ice Universe said the new chip fixes one of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1’s faults.
8 Gen 1 phones generally have poor battery life. This was improved in the more efficient 8+ Gen 1, and it sounds like it’s been enhanced more in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which manages energy efficiency better. That’s fantastic news for gadget performance and durability.
Digital Chat Station on Chinese site Weibo disclosed how the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 would be designed, raising some questions.
The SM8550 (Kailua) chipset has a 4nm TSMC process rather than Samsung’s with an Adreno 740 GPU. The core configuration is unusual.
According to the publication, it will feature four types of cores instead of Qualcomm’s regular three. One Cortex-X3, two Cortex-A720, two Cortex-A710, and three Cortex-A510.
Arm’s latest prime core, Cortex-X3, is 25% faster than its predecessor. The business didn’t disclose a Cortex-A720, but the leaker likely meant the Cortex-A715. It’s odd that Qualcomm would use cores from both generations for the A710’s replacement.
Qualcomm may want to support 32-bit programmes. The X3 and A715 are 64-bit only, however the A710 and A510 support 32-bit, therefore utilising those cores may offer basic 32-bit performance. Arm and Google want manufacturers and developers to convert to 64-bit, which Apple implemented years ago in iOS and macOS.
This new 1+2+2+3 layout should save heat while delivering Qualcomm’s 2023 flagship performance. The SoC is constructed on the same 4nm process as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which should increase speed and efficiency.