Qualcomm has announced its new flagship mobile chipset the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 . The chip is expected to launch in 2023 alongside newer, high-end mobile phones and comes with some notable new features. While most of these are in the form of AI, Qualcomm says there are a few new enhancements to the CPU that will enable users to take advantage of the ever-growing world of technology around them.
For starters, the AI Hexagon processor will ship with new enhancements to its smart mage processing pipeline and new modem improvements to speed up 5G connectivity. You will also be able to make use of dual active 5G SIMs in supported phones thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Meaning you can use two 5G networks at the same time.
The new CPU also comes with Wi-Fi 7 support making it ready for when the tech becomes mainstream around the world (we are still struggling to implement Wi-Fi 6).
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 includes one prime core based on Arm Cortex-X3 that runs at 3.2GHz. The chip also includes four performance cores over the previous three cores. These run at 2.8GHz. The included three efficiency cores run at 2.0GHz. All cores are around 30% faster according to Qualcomm. The company says that while the chip runs faster, it also uses up to 40% less power.
Its included Adreno GPU is 25% faster and uses 45% less power. It also supports hardware-based real-time ray tracing. However, mobile phone makers need to implement this tech from the ground up in order to include it.
- 64-bit Architecture
- 1 Prime core, up to 3.2 GHz
- Arm Cortex-X3
- 4 Performance cores, up to 2.8 GHz
- 3 Efficiency cores, up to 2.0 GHz
Qualcomm has improved the audio experience in the new chipsets too. It now supports dynamic spatial audio so the sound moves around you when you’re moving your head. Of course, you’ll need compatible audio tech for this.
When it comes to image processing, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip can now use the company’s Spectral Image Signal Processor and its added “Cognitive ISP”. This will now identify different kinds of subjects in an image and tune the image accordingly. The feature will also help the camera distinguish between different objects in an image such as hair, clouds, faces etc. Colour adjustments are then made accordingly. The Snapdragon Gen 8 Gen 2 now supports 8K video capture but playback is still limited to 4K.
At the moment we don’t know which devices will include support for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip. The company says the usual brands have partnered to include newer technology such as Motorola, ASUS and Oppo. However, the list doesn’t include Samsung so the S23 doesn’t seem like it is on board yet.