Qualcomm holds its annual Snapdragon Summit in the month of November, and its schedule did not change when announcing the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. However, the company might have different plans with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, as it is rumored to launch its next flagship SoC sometime in October. The next Snapdragon chipset will likely make its way to flagship smartphones releasing later this year.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC has reportedly scored 1,930 and 6,236 in Geekbench's single-core and multi-core tests, respectively. Snapdragon's next top-of-the-line processor can be expected to power most of the flagship phones arriving in the fourth quarter of 2023 and beyond.
An earlier launch of the regular Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 means that Qualcomm will have more time to focus on optimizing the version developed for Samsung, and just like the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, it will likely sport higher CPU and GPU clock speeds. Qualcomm may have also solved its supply chain issue by adopting a dual-sourcing approach, where it taps both TSMC and Samsung to mass produce the SoC.
It features dual AI processors and supports new image sensors like the 200-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL HP3 and Sony's new HDR technology. It also offers Snapdragon Elite Gaming with real-time hardware-accelerated ray tracing and HDR scenes.
However, in the Twitter thread, it is not confirmed if Qualcomm will stick with TSMC or include Samsung in the mix. According to Revegnus, the rumors are all over the place, with talks about involving TSMC as the exclusive supplier or Qualcomm siding with Samsung instead. For the time being, there is no confirmed answer, so we will have to wait for a few updates.
Popular tipster Digital Chat Station has shared on Chinese microblogging site Weibo that the next Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC will be launched sometime in the fourth quarter this year. According to the tipster, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset will arrive a bit earlier than its predecessor did last year.
Qualcomm had unveiled the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC just a few months back in November 2022 and now the company is reportedly planning to launch its next processor. Then again, there is little use hyping up something when we have not even seen the actual chips in action, so treat this information with a pinch of salt. We will see if Qualcomm proceeds with an October unveiling, and if it does, you will hear it from us.