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Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 brings ray tracing to mobile gaming — here’s how it looks

Qualcomm announced the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, a next-generation mobile chip set for a 35% performance boost over the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, a new cognitive ISP for better photos and videos, and more efficient AI-based tasks. Coming to smartphones in 2023. But it’s also a game-changer for mobile games: ray tracing.

Unveiled during Qualcomm’s annual Snapdragon Summit, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip will soon be in Android phones from brands including Xiaomi, Honor, Asus, Samsung, Sony, and more over the next few months. With the newly introduced Snapdragon Elite Gaming features, you can expect to see hardware-accelerated ray tracing in real time.

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Ray tracing on mobile is nothing new, as Samsung’s Exynos 2200 chip brought AMD ray tracing back in 2021. Now Qualcomm is introducing its latest Snapdragon chip with the same treatment, as Oppo is showing off the advantages it brings to mobile gaming.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 delivers next-level mobile graphics