Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 goes official

The most powerful offering of Qualcomm to date just debuted today, what should we expect from it?

Today, Qualcomm, one of the top producers of smartphone chipsets, formally unveiled Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, the series’ flagship processor for high-end smartphones.

The recently unveiled Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is a follow-up to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor from a year ago and emphasizes greater and more efficient performance, particularly when it comes to tasks involving artificial intelligence.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2’s Kryo CPU has five performance cores running at 2.8GHz, four at 2.8GHz, and three at 2.0GHz. One prime core based on the ARM Cortex-X3 is clocked at 3.2GHz.

These are 200MHz to 300MHz quicker than the chipset from last year. According to the manufacturer, the CPU is 40% more power-efficient and 35% faster than the prior generation.

It claims that its most recent Adreno GPU offers 25% better performance while using 45% less electricity. Additionally, it gives the Snapdragon platform support for hardware-accelerated ray tracing.

Faster memory technologies, such as LP-DDR5X RAM running at up to 4,200MHz and new UFS 4.0 storage, are supported.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is produced using a 4nm technology, just like the SD8 Gen 1. Regarding the monitor, it supports either 4K resolution at 60Hz or QHD+ resolution at up to 144Hz.

Additionally, it supports external screens with a 10-bit Rec. 709 resolution running at 60 Hz. Dolby Vision, HDR10+, and the 2020 color gamut.

With its triple 18-bit ISP, the camera can accommodate up to three 36MP cameras operating simultaneously or 200MP for a single camera.

With no shutter latency, it also supports 108MP. As DOL-HDR and Samsung’s 200MP HP3 sensors are tuned to function with the ISP on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, it has also increased support for the most recent Sony and Samsung sensors.

The Hexagon engine, according to Qualcomm, has been improved to deliver up to 4.35 times faster artificial intelligence (AI) performance. Qualcomm also claims that the chip can handle more challenging jobs, such as real-time language translation between several languages. Additionally, it is the first chip in the world to support Wi-Fi 7 technology.

It includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon X70 modem, which was unveiled at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. Users can use two different 5G networks at once because it supports dual active 5G SIMs and has an internal AI processor for enhancing 5G performance.

Motorola, OPPO, and ASUS ROG are among the companies on Qualcomm’s list of Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip partners.

Although Samsung is not included in the list, we are confident that its future Galaxy S23 series flagship smartphones will be equipped with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC.

By the end of this year, the company claims, smartphones running on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will begin to be released.

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