In the process of creating the undisclosed Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, Qualcomm could have taken no short cuts. Recent record-breaking benchmarks may also be explained by a new leak that shows the flagship processor is using an entirely new eight-core arrangement with a Cortex-X4 primary core with an unheard-of peak mobile clock speed.
According to a claim on a Chinese website, which cites user Digital Chat Station as the source, Qualcomm is adopting a different cluster design for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 in place of the 1+4+3 layout used by its predecessor. Instead, Qualcomm is employing a 1+5+2 structure. According to reports, the configuration consists of a primary Cortex-X4 core, five big cores, and two efficiency cores.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3’s maximum clockspeed
Aside from the fact that there are now more potent cores, Qualcomm has also raised the main core’s maximum speed to 3.7 GHz. For comparison, the normal Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is rated at 3.2 GHz while the Cortex-X3 on a bespoke Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 can reach up to 3.36 GHz.
Currently, only Samsung’s Galaxy S23 line of handsets have the overclocked Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. The majority of other Android manufacturers rely on the processor’s default rating. What the base speed of the forthcoming Qualcomm silicon will be is also unknown.
Will the GPU on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 also be improved?
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will be constructed on the latest TSMC N4P node, excluding from the CPU. Although it continues to use a 4 nm process, it is claimed to be more efficient than the SoC from the previous year. Regarding graphics, it is said that the Adreno 750 GPU performs 50% better than the Adreno 740.
The chipmaker is expected to make its next-generation chipset announcement earlier than it did last year. This might be because Qualcomm abandoned its plans to release a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 “plus” model.
Meanwhile, let us know your thoughts on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. Are you willing to wait for it before upgrading your next smartphone?