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Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Specifications

Qualcomm confirms the dates for the 2022 Snap Dragon Summit

Qualcomm has revealed the latest version of the Snapdragon 8 processor range. In this review, we will discuss what will be the eighth generation of the second generation and when do you expect to see it in the new phones?

When will the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor be launched?

Qualcomm has confirmed on its website that it will hold a summit for its upcoming Snap Dragon Show in Hawaii from November 15-17.

This summit is the annual event where Qualcomm unveils the latest generation of the Snapdragon processor, so it’s possible that it will announce the eighth generation of the second generation at the event this year – most likely during the keynote on the first day, November 15.

This is much earlier than the regular dates for the Snap Dragon Summit, which tends to be held in early December.

That means we might be able to see our first 8 Gen 2 phones a little earlier, too, if we’re lucky.

What specs and features will we see in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2?

There haven’t been any confirmed specifications from Qualcomm regarding how the design of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 differs from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, and the latest 8+ Gen 1.

NotebookCheck reported advice from technology leaker Ice Universe where they stated that the new processor was addressing one of the major issues with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

Most of the time, first generation 8th generation phones are not overly affected when it comes to battery life.

 This is somewhat improved in the more efficient 8+ Gen 1, and appears to be further improved in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which according to the post above does a better job of managing its energy efficiency.

 This is good news when it comes to the performance and durability of devices that use the new processor family.

 The Chinese website Weibo explained, how to configure the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which raised eyebrows.

The chipset has the codename SM8550 (Kailua), and its description starts with standard elements like the 4nm process that will be manufactured by TSMC instead of Samsung and the Adreno 740 GPU, and it gets even weirder when you look at how the cores are configured.

According to the post, it will be using four core types instead of the standard three found in a Qualcomm processor in the past few years. 

These will consist of one Cortex-X3, two Cortex-A720, two Cortex-A710 and three Cortex-A510.

Cortex-X3 is Arm’s newly announced core, which features 25% performance improvements over its predecessor.

 The company hasn’t announced the Cortex-A720, but the leaker is likely referring to the chip we now know as the Cortex-A715. Oddly enough, this is a replacement for the A710, so it’s odd that Qualcomm is considering a design that uses cores from both generations.

This is likely due to Qualcomm’s desire to continue supporting 32-bit applications.

The X3 and A715 are only 64-bit, but the A710 and A510 include 32-bit support, so using these cores may enable some – albeit essential – performance in 32-bit applications.

It’s an interesting move, as both Arm and Google are keen on manufacturers and developers to switch to 64-bit, something Apple already implemented in iOS and macOS several years ago.

This 1 + 2 + 2 + 3 arrangement is new and should supposedly alleviate heat issues while delivering the groundbreaking performance we’ve come to expect from a Qualcomm’s best-in-line processor for 2023.

 Since the SoC is built on the same 4nm process as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, it is hoped that the new approach to the chipset will allow for speed and efficiency improvements over the previous generation.

What phones will use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2?

Since the chipset itself has yet to be announced, we haven’t confirmed which models will arrive with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 on board, but there are several potential candidates.

Xiaomi has always been a company that likes to come up with the latest processors. It was one of the first to use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in the Xiaomi 12 range , and some of the rumors we’ve seen suggest that this may be repeated when the Xiaomi 13 range arrives at the end of the year.

 The Galaxy releases Samsung in February of each year, which makes it the perfect time to include the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in its flagship phones. We fully expect the Samsung Galaxy S23 to arrive with new Qualcomm hardware inside, although versions in Europe and other markets may instead use one of Samsung’s own chips, as we’ve seen in the past.

After that, it will be hard to see any premium device debuting after December using anything but the latest silicon – although that could mean, or the upcoming flagship from rival MediaTek.

So, if you’re thinking about buying a new high-end smartphone this year, you might just want to wait until winter to see if something better comes along.

Of course, that’s always the case with technology and there’s no point in sticking with the perfect phone, because in a few months the newer and better will outsmart it.

With that in mind, be sure to read our roundup of the best phones and the best phones coming in 2022 to see what you can get right now.

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