Many 2022 flagship Android phones are using Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipsets (or the Plus update), and rumor has it that its successor could be out before the end of the year – bringing a significant performance upgrade along with it.
This is according to a trusted informant. digital chat station (opens in new tab) (through Android Center (opens in new tab)), which says the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will come with an “ultra-high frequency version” capable of clock speeds of up to 3.4-3.5 GHz (compared to the 3.2 GHz we have today).
However, there will be bigger performance increases in terms of graphics capabilities – increases that could push graphics performance above anything the Apple A16 Bionic chip in the new iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max can deliver.
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Considering the very high levels of performance offered by the A16 Bionic chip, the claim that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 could do even better – at least on certain phone tasks – is definitely bold and we can’t verify right now.
Keep in mind that smartphone performance depends on many factors, not just the raw speed of the chipset running everything. The software’s encoding efficiency, the amount of RAM available, and thermal management also play important roles.
One strength Apple leans heavily on when talking about its speeds is the fact that it is responsible for the entire software and hardware design process, not relying on third-party chipmakers.
Qualcomm has a Snapdragon Summit scheduled for November 15-17, at which we expect to hear all about the next-gen chipset and what it’s capable of. We should then have a much better idea of how this will affect speeds on the 2023 Android flagships.
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While many phone users are not aware of the chipset model that is inside their handsets, most of us are concerned about how fast or not our smartphones are – which is why the arrival of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will be significant.
A quick look at phones running the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 offers some insight into which devices might get its successor: the Samsung Galaxy S22, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, the Xiaomi 12 Pro, the OnePlus 10 Pro, the Sony Xperia 1 IV. and beyond.
One of the first in line for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 could be the OnePlus 11. We expect to see the phone appear in the first few months of 2023, with top-notch specs to match the high-end Qualcomm processor.
The Samsung Galaxy S23 should also come out soon when we are in 2023. Rumor has it that all regions will get a Snapdragon-powered version of the phone, and that chipset should be the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.