On February 18th, we came across some exciting news that Qualcomm had released the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip last year in November, which was based on TSMC’s 4nm process. We also read that this year, we might see the release of the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 2 chip, which promises even stronger performance. However, there are rumours that Qualcomm might skip the launch of the Plus version of the SoC and go straight to launching the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip later this year.
From what we know based on recent devices, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip boasts a peak frequency of 3.2GHz, while the overclocked version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip in the Samsung Galaxy S23 series has a peak clock speed of 3.36GHz. The upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip is expected to offer better performance while consuming less power.
We found out that Qualcomm usually launches its flagship Snapdragon 8 chip in Q4 every year, with the previous year’s launch taking place in early December. However, last year, the launch was brought forward to November 16th.
According to a Weibo blogger, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip might be released a little earlier this year, possibly by the end of October or early November 2023. However, phone schedules for various manufacturers are still in the Q4 quarter.
As for the details of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip, they remain a mystery for now. However, We came across some leaked running benchmark scores that suggest that the CPU performance of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip will be 25% higher than that of the Snapdragon 8 series SoC. According to the Geekbench early test, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy chip has a single-core score of 1930 and a multi-core score of 6236.
Moreover, we read that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy chip will use a 1+5+2 core configuration, which is one more energy-efficient core than the current 1+4+3 configuration of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy.
Thanks to TSMC’s N4P process node, the energy efficiency of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy chip might be 20% higher than that of Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which is great news for mobile phone enthusiasts like us.
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