Snapdragon 8 Gen 3: Expectations From Qualcomm’s Next Flagship Processor

  • Qualcomm is expected to bring its next-gen flagship processor, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3.
  • Despite Qualcomm putting all the details of its next-gen processor under the curtains until its official unveiling, still, rumors already started prevailing.
  • According to certain rumors, the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset is possibly coming by October 24-26.

In spite of the fact that the current Qualcomm chipset, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is already an energy-efficient powerful processor, powering some of the best flagship smartphones in recent times. Meanwhile, none of us can do anything but think ahead to what the next generation chipset, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, holds to offer. 

Without a doubt, the 2024 flagship smartphones will be powered by Qualcomm’s next-gen chipset, deliberately debuting as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. In contrast, Qualcomm keeps all the details and information under the curtains until its official unveiling, nevertheless, we can assume about what to expect from the upcoming next-gen processor on the basis of information and rumors that are currently prevailing around the internet.

Is Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Really Coming? 

As far as the business is concerned, Qualcomm isn’t planning to abandon or exit the lucrative mobile SoC business, so it can be said that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is on its way. Rumors already prevailing around with reference to the latest chipset, which is possibly coming with the SM8650 model number.  

Meanwhile, Qualcomm usually announces its next-level chipsets products at the Snapdragon Tech Summit. The exact dates vary a little every year, though. But now, the company’s summit is scheduled for October 24-26. It’s expected that the users are going to witness the announcement of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 on the first day of the event, alongside Qualcomm’s most-anticipated Oryon CPU for PCs. 

Expected Features Of The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3

Even after Qualcomm put all the details about the upcoming next-gen chipset under the curtains, this hasn’t stopped the series of rumors spreading in the air with a few potential specifications. With the combination of several industry announcements, including new CPUs from Arm and Bluetooth standards from SIG, we might try to put some of the pieces of the puzzle together. 

No 32-Bit This Time

As per the rumors of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Qualcomm is working on to finally drop the 32-bit support. Taking a step forward the Android ecosystem has been moving towards 64-bit only support for several years now. As of August 2021, Google Play Store only provides 64-bit support apps to certain compatible devices. The Chip IP Arm also dropped 32-bit support from most of the CPU before reversing course by bringing the capabilities as an option for its newest Cortex-A510 cores. 

Furthermore, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 offers both CPU layout featuring 64-bit as well as 32-bit support capable CPU cores, prominently in the Chinese market. The 1+2+2+3 design was an exit from the earlier Snapdragon CPU setups, also the one that Qualcomm doesn’t essentially require revisiting after moving towards the 64-bit-only support.

New Arm Cortex CPUs  

It’s likely that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will be powered with the Arm’s latest Cortex-X4, A720, and A520 CPUs, which are 64-bit only, and using these cores rules out 32-bit support. While the Arm IP seems similar to Oryon, Qualcomm’s custom Arm-based core design, is expected to debut in the laptops before being intact to the smartphone form factor.

Indeed, rumors hint towards an intriguing 1+2+3+2 CPU setup; it will consist of one Cortex-X core, two A-5XX class cores, and five A7XX cores that are divided into groups of two and three. 

In addition, instead of using 32-bit cores, which isn’t possible in combination with the new ARMv9 CPUs, Qualcomm might implement the Cortex-A720 middle cores across two different performance points. The two cores having larger caches as well as clock speeds, which are paired with three small configurations would increase the SoC’s capabilities in order to offer smooth performance. 

AI Will Have A Massive Role 

AI is in the buzz in recent times, and one that probably is not going away anytime soon. In fact, the smartphones are already packed with machine learning capability. While Qualcomm is already working with its AI Engine and developer ecosystem, it’s probably a reminder that AI is essential to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platforms. Presumingly it can be said that Ai will be even more prominent in the upcoming years. 

Expected Connectivity Features  

Qualcomm’s existing chipsets have already reached the home network limit with early support for Wi-Fi 7, but adherence with the final specifications will likely appear in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. Additionally, a new Snapdragon X75 5G modem promises a smaller area footprint, and up to 20% power savings compared to the X70.    

Meanwhile, encrypted advertising data standardizes advertising traffic encryption in order to ensure secure LoT systems. Audio enthusiasts can look forward to Qualcomm’s Dynamic Spatial Audio and Snapdragon Sound benefits.   

Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC Devices List: Expected

According to tipster Digital Chat Station, the new chipset may first arrive in the upcoming Xiaomi 14 series. So we can expect many smartphone companies to launch their flagship devices with the latest 8th Gen 3 SoC in November 2023.

  • Samsung Galaxy S24 Series
  • Xiaomi 14 and 14 Pro
  • OPPO Find X7 Series
  • OPPO Find N3 Series
  • OnePlus 12
  • Vivo X100 Pro+
  • iQOO 12 Series
  • Realme GT 5
  • Red Magic 9 Series
  • Honor Magic 6 Series
  • Nubia Z60
  • Redmi K70 Pro+
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