Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors power almost all of the best Android phones in 2023, and the semiconductor giant is expected to unveil its latest and greatest chipset – likely the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 – at its annual Snapdragon Summit later this year.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 ushered consumers of the smartphone industry into a world that supports 200MP cameras. The Galaxy S23 Ultra was one of the devices we had our eyes on for this type of support considering the device does feature a 200MP main shooter on its back camera array. In our review of the device, the camera's utilization of the Adapt Pixel Sensor offers several improvements to an already enjoyable photography experience.
For what the next iteration of the chip could bring, it's up in the air. NoteBookCheck suggests the mobile platform could see a 25% increase in CPU performance over the Gen 2 variant. This would, in turn, improve the product's overall efficiency by 20% if the early rumblings about it prove to be true.
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.
Both tipsters suggest that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will be manufactured by TSMC using the latter's 4nm process node, but while RGcloudS expects the upcoming chipset to feature one high-performance Cortex-X4 core, four performance cores and three efficiency cores – a setup akin to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 – Revegnus proposes a 1-5-2 configuration.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2's launch specifications detailed its 35% increase in CPU performance and its 40% increased power efficiency. The chip also provided a 25% increase in graphic rendering and a 45% increase in power efficiency for its GPU. As we move toward its eventual launch, it'll be interesting to see how much of a power spike the Gen 3 version will offer consumers of the industry.
Since we’re still a while away from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3’s expected Q4 2023 launch, news and leaks surrounding the in-development processor are few and far between.
Many of the phones using Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 – like those in the Samsung Galaxy S23 and OnePlus 11 lines – have only recently launched, too, so it’s hard to speculate about the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3’s capabilities when we’re only just getting to grips with those of its predecessor.
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.