Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 rumored with all-performance Phoenix cores, 3nm process

Qualcomm will soon adopt to all-performance cores for its next flagship, rumor says

Snapdragon chipsets have long been associated with the famed architecture of performance versus efficiency cores. Not only did it reduce heat, but it also lowered power consumption.

However, Qualcomm may veer away from that with a newer flagship processor. It’s rumored that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is dropping efficiency cores and will have the faster “Phoenix” cores only, and having the process of three nanometers.

According to a report, Qualcomm is rumored prepping its next flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 and it may arrive with multiple improvements compared to Gen 3.

First, the process is expected to be three nanometers, smaller than SD 8 Gen 3. That’s more performance for less power in theory. Second, the SoC has the codename “Sun” and has the cluster of two plus six.

The two plus six means two performance Phoenix cores and six mid-tier cores of the same name. Despite the lack of efficiency cores, the six cores are likely with lower clock speeds than the other two but still better than SD 8 Gen 3.

And third, early test results suggested that SD 8 Gen 4 have more bite in multi-core with the Adreno 830 GPU beating Apple M2’s GPU. Though the tests don’t represent real-world scenarios entirely.

There’s something here that may pose a problem. Qualcomm wants Oryon cores on SD 8 Gen 4. These are powerful ones but demand more expensive silicon than Gen 3. So, we’ll have to wait if the company can really push it to the stage of Snapdragon Summit 2024.


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