Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 to power 2023 Android flagships offers significant performance upgrades over Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is here and for the flagship Android phones of 2022, it promises to bring many performance and efficiency upgrades over the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The chip is manufactured on the same 4nm node as the Apple A16 Bionic , and so , these two chips will likely have similar performance. However, Qualcomm has opted for a different chip architecture this year to boost the chip’s raw performance. On paper, performance has improved on all fronts.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is here for Android phones
Although Qualcomm puts all its focus on energy efficiency, the chip offers notable performance upgrades. The new Kryo CPU used here promises up to 35 percent better performance and 40 percent better power efficiency. There’s a new Cortex-X3 based Kryo Prime core running at 3.2GHz accompanied by four performance cores clocked at 2.8GHz. Yes, a total of 5 performance cores. The efficiency cores have been reduced to just three, but clocked at 2 GHz.
Then there’s the GPU that provides 25 percent improved performance and 45 percent better power efficiency. Like the Dimensity 9200, it supports hardware-accelerated ray tracing. The chip also supports up to LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 4.0 storage format. Therefore, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phones are expected to offer much faster read/write speeds.
Other highlights include support for the QHD+ display up to 144 Hz or 4K display at 60 Hz, and AV1 video decoding is now also supported. When it comes to the cameras, the chip is optimized to work with Sony DOL-HDR sensors and Samsung’s new 200MP HP3 sensor. The 108 MP camera sensor also has no shutter lag. Phones can also record up to 8K HDR video at 30 fps, 4K at 120 fps and Dolby Vision recording.
In terms of connectivity, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 uses a new Snapdragon X70 modem that can reach peak 5G download speeds of 10 GBps and maximum upload speeds of 3.5 GBps. It also supports Dual SIM Dual Active mode for two 5G SIM cards together. There’s Wi-Fi 7 which boosts top speeds to 5.8 GBps on supported networks. There’s also Bluetooth 5.3 for local connectivity. The USB ports again support USB 3.1 standards and they support the Quick Charge 5 fast charging standard.
As of now, Qualcomm says the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will be at home in flagship phones from Asus ROG, Honor, iQOO, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, Oppo, Red Magic, Sharp, Sony, Vivo, Xiaomi, Meizu, and ZTE.