The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will power the best Android phones of 2023


Most premium Android phones and tablets use Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or 8+ Gen 1 System-on-a-Chip (SoC) designs from Qualcomm. Now there’s a new chip for next year’s big devices: the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.

At the company’s Snapdragon Summit 2022, which is being celebrated in sunny Hawaii, Qualcomm announced its latest flagship chip for phones and tablets. It’s likely to arrive next year on devices from Samsung, ASUS, and OnePlus, and it’s pretty powerful.

The new Kryo CPU, which is equipped with a new Arm Cortex-X3 based Prime core with a speed of up to 3.2 GHz, performs up to 35% better than the previous generation. We also get four performance cores running at 2.8 GHz and three efficiency cores running at 2.0 GHz. In terms of graphics, the new Adreno GPU performs 25% better, while also being 45% more efficient than before. Given how insanely powerful the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 already was, we’re excited to see the prospects of how this chip will perform.


However, performance isn’t everything. Qualcomm is claiming massive AI workload improvements, with the company saying you can expect up to 4.35 times better AI performance than on previous chips. It is also the very first Snapdragon chip to come with INT4 precision support for 60% better performance/watt.

The chip also includes new AI functions for cameras. The Qualcomm Spectra 18-bit triple Cognitive ISP (that’s a mouthful) promises real-time semantic segmentation, which Qualcomm says can “recognize and optimize” multiple parts of a frame, such as your face, your hair, or the background. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 also supports cameras up to 200MP, which are likely to be all the rage now, as well as 8K HDR video capture.

Other improvements include the Snapdragon X70 5G modem, which adds “5G AI”, whatever that means, and Wi-Fi 7, so your phone is ready for the latest technology as soon as it comes out. Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 7 won’t be out for a few years. You also get Snapdragon Secure, to protect your phone and data from malicious actors, and Snapdragon Sound, which now includes spatial audio.

You can expect the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 from 2023, although some companies may want to launch earlier than usual.

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