Qualcomm officially unveils the powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset

Qualcomm officially unveils its powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset

Qualcomm today introduced the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, its latest application processor (AP) designed by the San Diego-based company. Featuring what Qualcomm calls “leading AI,” the SoC will be used by manufacturers such as ASUS ROG, HONOR, iQOO, Motorola, nubia, OnePlus, Oppo, RedMagic, Redmi, Sharp, Sony, Vivo, Xiaomi, XINGJI/MEIZU, and ZTE. . Devices powered by the new chipset will begin to be available to consumers by the end of this year.

The chip will be produced by TSMC using a 4nm process node. “We’re passionate about enabling people to do more, so we design Snapdragon with the user at the center,” says Chris Patrick, senior vice president and general manager of mobile phones at Qualcomm. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will revolutionize the landscape of flagship smartphones in 2023. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 delivers Groundbreaking AI, unparalleled connectivity and hero-level gaming, enabling consumers to enhance every experience on their most trusted devices.”

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip will be found on the devices before the end of this year

Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip will deliver AI performance up to 4.35 times faster than the previous chip. It is also the first Qualcomm chip to support an AI always-on sensor camera. The company adds that the chip “uses an AI neural network to make the camera aware of faces, facial features, hair, clothing, the sky, and more — and individually optimizes them so that every detail receives professional, custom image tuning.”

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 uses a 64-bit architecture with a single Prime core (Cortex-X3) running at up to 3.2GHz. Four performance cores operate at up to 2.8GHz, and the chip has three efficiency cores that operate at up to 2.0GHz.

The new SoC will support up to 200MP photo capture and 8K HDR video capture in 10-bit HDR. Audio is also improved thanks to lossless music streaming and spatial audio capabilities with head tracking. This provides immersion in surround sound that allows users to feel as if the sound is coming from a specific location around them.

The chip includes the latest upgraded Adreno GPU for 25% faster performance. And with its Kryo CPU, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Qualcomm says it can expect an improvement in power efficiency of up to 40%.

Qualcomm calls the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 the most advanced 5G platform with “unparalleled 5G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connectivity.” Qualcomm has the most advanced mobile modems, and the Snapdragon X70 5G Modem-RF System continues that tradition. The modem supports blazing-fast data download speeds of up to 5.8Gbps (good luck finding those numbers on the Speedtest.net app). And the Qualcomm FastConnect 7800 connectivity system provides Wi-Fi 7 and dual Bluetooth connectivity.

The current top Qualcomm chipset is the Snapdragon 8+ Gen1

Security is an issue that mobile device users have to deal with. Qualcomm says, “The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform is protected by Snapdragon Secure, delivering the latest in isolation, encryption, key management, authentication, and more — all intricately designed to protect users’ data and privacy. This outstanding level of protection borders on Data detection and exploitation on devices running Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.”

Qualcomm doesn’t forget your phone’s battery, which is why the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will come with Qualcomm Quick Charge 5 technology. Snapdragon Elite Gaming features new features including advanced accelerated ray tracing that adds more realistic light, reflections, and lighting to mobile gaming.

Currently, TSMC is pushing Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 which replaced the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip. The previous chip can be found in phones mostly released during the second half of this year including the Motorola X30 Ultra. We can see that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 powers the majority, if not all, of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S23 series.