Qualcomm launched its Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor back in November, 2021. This SoC was fabricated on Samsung’s 4nm process therefore, it came with its fair share of issues. Today, the configurations for Qualcomm’s new flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC have been leaked and they are slightly different than past generations.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will be manfucatured on TSMC’s cutting-edge 4nm process node, similar to the 8+ Gen 1. As per Ice universe, the new SoC will ship with a 1+2+2+3 configuration. Basically, the design is as follows; 1x Cortex-X3 core at 3.2GHz + 2x Cortex-A715 cores at 2.8GHz + 2x Cortex-A710 cores running at 2.8GHz + 3x Cortex-A510 cores running at 2.0GHz.
Snapdragon 8 Gen2（SM8550）
1×X3 3.2GHz + 2×A715 2.8GHz+2×A710 2.8GHz+3×A510 2.0GHz
NPU, ISP and GPU have been greatly improved
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) September 28, 2022
In addition, the NPU (Neural Processing Unit), ISP (Image Signal Processor) and the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) have been improved as well. A direct apples to apples comparison has not been given. Therefore, we’ll take the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 as the competitor.
The 8 Gen 1 Disaster
Qualcomm launched the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 back in 2021, built on Samsung’s 4nm node. This came with its own set of problems. Samsung’s silicon was notorious for poor thermals, effectively throttling the 8 Gen 1. This led to sub-par performance even when Qualcomm had a relatively good design.
Therefore, a new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 was revealed fabricated on TSMC’s 4nm node. This CPU is such a massive leap, that it outperforms even Apple’s A15 Bionic (iPhone 13 Pro Max) in gaming tests. We expect the 8 Gen 2 to offer even better performance and improved thermals.
While this CPU has not been officially announced by Qualcomm yet, we expect it to be unveiled during their Qualcomm Summit event. The event may showcase the performance uplifts from generation to generation. Similarly, Motorola may launch their next phone powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 soon. We here at Appuals will keep you up to date if any more information surfaces.