Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 makes way for 2023 Android smartphones

The Gen 2 now supports dynamic spatial sound, as part of Snapdragon Sound.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 makes way for 2023 Android smartphones
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Yesterday Qualcomm launched its new flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. Its performance has been improved on all fronts compared to the Gen 1 model. Formally known as the SM8550-AB, the 8 Gen 2 is fabbed on a 4nm node.

Qualcomm has focused on enhancing power efficiency, but the new chip still brings noticeable speed-ups.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 makes way for 2023 Android smartphones
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Here are more details about its components:

The new Kryo CPU triad delivers up to 35% higher performance with up to 40% higher efficiency.

The clock speeds are the same as on the 8+ Gen 1, but the core composition is not. The single Kryo Prime core (based on Cortex-X3) runs at 3.2GHz (3.1872GHz to be exact) to provide high single-threaded performance. It is backed by four Performance cores (instead of three) to handle multi-threaded workloads better – these cores run at 2.8GHz. Finally, there are three (not four) Efficiency cores at 2.0GHz.

The Gen 2 also brings support for new, quicker memory technologies. It works with LP-DDR5X up to 4,200MHz (up from LP-DDR5 at 3,200MHz). It can use the new UFS 4.0 format (up from UFS 3.1) for storage.

“Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 delivers groundbreaking AI, unparalleled connectivity, and champion-level gameplay, enabling consumers to enhance every experience on their most trusted device,” said Chris Patrick, Senior Vice President and General Manager of mobile handsets at Qualcomm Technologies Inc.

Qualcomm says the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 relies on five key pillars for the resulting experience – performance, image processing, connectivity, gaming, and security.

Qualcomm boasts that Sony sensors with Digital Overlap HDR (DOL-HDR) and Samsung’s 200MP HP3 have been optimized to work with the Snapdragon ISP. Like its predecessor, the Gen 2 brings a triple 18-bit ISP that can simultaneously handle up to three 36MP cameras (30fps) or go up to 200PM for a single camera. 108MP sensors are supported with zero shutter lag.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will be embraced by major Android makers; Asus ROG, Honor, iQOO, Motorola, nubia, OnePlus, Oppo, Red Magic, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Vivo, Xiaomi, Meizu, and ZTE.

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