At the annual Snapdragon Summit, Qualcomm unveiled the next-generation Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile chipset. Interestingly, Qualcomm describes this chip primarily in terms of AI and camera performance, though it should deliver incremental improvements in graphics and power efficiency.
The first smartphones with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 should arrive before the end of the year. Qualcomm says that brands like Motorola, OnePlus, Sony and REDMAGIC will start using this flagship chipset. In addition, Qualcomm notes that the 200MP Samsung ISOCELL HP3 camera sensor is optimized for Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 – this sensor previously debuted in a Motorola phone and we expect it to be a popular option for flagships in 2023.
In terms of performance, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 should deliver a 60% improvement in AI processes, including natural language processing. This is largely thanks to new INT4 support, plus an improved Qualcomm Sensing Hub and a more AI-focused Hexagon processor.
These AI improvements trickle down to a phone’s cameras. With the new Snapdragon Sight technology, your phone automatically optimizes and enhances photos to make subjects look sharp and true to color. Interestingly, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 also introduces AV1 codec with support for 8K 60FPS HDR video playback.
Other improvements include a boosted Adreno GPU for 25% faster gaming performance. The Kryo CPU also gets an upgrade, although Qualcomm claims only 40% more energy efficiency. (You should still see an improvement in performance benchmarks, as the more power-efficient CPU reduces the need for throttling.
Of course, this new chipset supports all the latest Qualcomm standards. There’s the FastConnect 7800 platform for Wi-Fi 7 support, Snapdragon Sound for lossless audio (with selected speakers and headphones), and the latest Snapdragon Secure technology for enhanced security.
According to Qualcomm, the first phones with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will be launched at the end of 2022. But oddly enough, Qualcomm doesn’t list Samsung in its list of early adopters. going all in on its Exynos platform (like how Google traded Snapdragon for Tensor).