Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will potentially see a Q4, 2022 announcement if Qualcomm’s launch history is anything to go by. Now, if you are wondering exactly when the official unveiling will take place, the chip maker may have left a massive clue.
Qualcomm can reveal Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 two weeks before Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 from last year
Snapdragon Summit is an annual conference where Qualcomm showcases the latest technologies they have worked with, including a chipset that will power future Android flagships. On this occasion, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is expected to be found in premium phones in 2023, and according to the San Diego chipmaker’s event page, the Snapdragon Summit will be held between 14-17. November.
If we look at Qualcomm’s history, the flagship mobile SoC is usually announced on the first day of the Snapdragon Summit, which means that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 can see a unveiling on November 14th. Qualcomm’s phone partners such as Xiaomi are also expected to attend the conference, where it can provide a preview of its flagship series with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. In this case, these premium smartphones will likely be called Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro.
We can also get a preview of the Snapdragon 8cx 3 successor, which is not yet named, but previous reports placed this SoC as a competitor to the M1. Qualcomm previously said it would take advantage of the Nuvia acquisition to boost the performance of the future chipset in an attempt to take on the Apple M-Series. As for what we know about the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Qualcomm will probably stick to TSMC’s 4nm architecture to mass-produce the next generation of silicon.
TSMC is said to start mass production of Apple’s M2 Pro and M2 Max later this year using its groundbreaking 3nm technology, but it is doubtful that Qualcomm will benefit from this node at least until next year. Fortunately, with what we’ve seen with the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will boast improved power efficiency and increased performance.
It may also be the first Qualcomm SoC to have a brand new CPU cluster in many years, moving away from the ‘1 + 3 + 4’ core configuration and switching to a ‘1 + 2 + 2 + 3’ configuration instead. Whether this change will bring significant improvements is anyone’s guess, so as always we will wait for actual results to emerge.
More information about this chipset is likely to be available in the coming weeks.
News source: Qualcomm