Throughout its annual Snapdragon Summit, Qualcomm revealed the next-gen Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 cell chipset. Apparently, Qualcomm primarily describes this chip by way of AI and digicam efficiency, although it ought to ship incremental enhancements to graphics and energy effectivity.
The primary smartphones with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 ought to arrive earlier than the top of the yr. Qualcomm says that manufacturers like Motorola, OnePlus, Sony, and REDMAGIC are slated to make use of this flagship chipset. Moreover, Qualcomm notes that the 200MP Samsung ISOCELL HP3 digicam sensor is optimized for Snapdragon 8 Gen 2—this sensor beforehand debuted in a Motorola cellphone, and we count on it to be a well-liked possibility for flagships in 2023.
Efficiency-wise, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 ought to ship a 60% enchancment in AI processes, together with pure language processing. That is largely because of new INT4 help, plus an upgraded Qualcomm Sensing Hub and a extra AI-focused Hexagon processor.
These AI enhancements trickle right down to a cellphone’s cameras. With new Snapdragon Sight expertise, your cellphone will robotically optimize and improve photographs to assist topics look sharp and color-accurate. Apparently Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 additionally introduces an AV1 codec with help for 8K 60FPS HDR video playback.
Different enhancements embrace a boosted Adreno GPU for 25% quicker gaming efficiency. The Kryo CPU additionally will get an improve, although Qualcomm solely claims 40% extra energy effectivity. (You need to nonetheless see an enchancment in efficiency benchmarks, because the extra power-efficient CPU will cut back the necessity for throttling.
In fact, this new chipset helps all the newest Qualcomm requirements. There’s the FastConnect 7800 platform for Wi-Fi 7 help, Snapdragon Sound for lossless audio (with choose audio system and headphones), and the newest Snapdragon Safe tech for improved safety.
Based on Qualcomm, the primary telephones with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will launch in late 2022. However oddly sufficient, Qualcomm doesn’t point out Samsung in its checklist of early adopters—this discrepancy occurs each few years, however it is going to feed rumors that Samsung goes all-in on its Exynos platform (like how Google deserted Snapdragon for Tensor).