Qualcomm’s recently unveiled Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor is set to power the bulk of its new premium smartphones including the next generation Samsung S23.
Samsung has traditionally offered Qualcomm-powered devices primarily in North America with markets of their own getting their own Exynos processors now that’s about to change.
Motorola’s X40 will become the company’s first smartphone to use the new chip based on a 4nm process with a different core configuration than its predecessor.
The Kryo CPU on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 includes one ARM Cortex-X3-based core clocked at 3.2GHz, plus four performance cores at 2.8GHz and three efficiency cores at 2.0GHz. Compared to last year’s chipset, this chipset is 200MHz to 300MHz faster. The company says the CPU is 35 percent faster than the previous generation and 40 percent more power efficient.
Its latest Adreno GPU is also said to offer 25% higher performance while being 45% more power efficient.
It also provides support for hardware-accelerated ray tracing for the Snapdragon platform. There’s support for faster memory technologies, including up to 16GB of LP-DDR5x RAM, up to 4200MHz and new UFS 4.0 storage.
Other smartphones confirmed to use Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 also include the Red Magic 8 Pro, Xiaomi 13 series, OnePlus 11 series, Oppo Find X series, and iQOO 11 series.
In a post on Weibo, Xiaomi confirmed that the Series 13 will be one of the first phones to use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
The OnePlus 11 series is all set to launch the 11 series with Snapdragon silicon after a long-time partnership with Qualcomm.
The Oppo Find X series is expected to launch a follow-up to the Find X5 Pro with the latest processor, although this has not been confirmed yet.
Companies such as Honor, ZTE, Meizu, Vivo, Sony, Redmi, ROG, SHARP, and ASUS are also among the partners using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and other processors.