Like Samsung, Qualcomm is developing a new chipset for the next generation of flagship smartphones. It’s referred to as the “Snapdragon 8 Gen1,” and according to newly leaked information, it’s significantly faster than the previous solutions, particularly regarding graphical performance.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen1 chipset seemingly has new Kryo CPU cores that are roughly 20% faster and 30% more power-efficient than the ongoing generation of Snapdragon flagship SoCs. In addition, the CPU is paired with a 4th-generation Adreno graphics processing unit, which Qualcomm estimates to be 30% more powerful and 25% more efficient than the existing Adreno solution.
Vulkan API increases GPU performance further
The new Adreno GPU was seemingly optimized for the Vulkan API, so while the GPU delivers a 30% performance boost in normal conditions, in apps that use the Vulkan API, it promises up to a 60% increase in performance.
The leaked slide below (via VideoCardz) suggests that the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 is manufactured using a 4nm process rather than 3nm. The next-gen SoC should also benefit from a 4x faster AI engine and feature an integrated 5G modem (up to 10 Gbps) and Wi-Fi 6 / 6E.
In addition to the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 flagship SoC for mobile — which should be used by Samsung’s future flagship phones in select markets –Qualcomm seems to have developed a chipset called the “Snapdragon G3x” for handheld gaming consoles. The leak suggests that Qualcomm intends to release a handheld console hardware developer kit based on the Snapdragon G3x platform. It appears to have been co-developed with Razer and has a 120Hz OLED display, but the supplier is unknown. It might be Samsung Display, or it might not.
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