Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, commercial rollout expected by end of 2022

Qualcomm has introduced its subsequent flagship system-on-chip (SoC) Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for high-end cell units on the firm’s annual Snapdragon Summit 2022. The first crop of smartphones pushed by it’s expected to launch by the end of the 12 months. Oppo, Sony, Xiaomi, Vivo, OnePlus, Asus ROG, iQOO, Motorola are some of the worldwide manufacturers that can undertake the brand new SoC, in line with Qualcomm.

Though chip provide has began to ease, demand for smartphones has slumped in most markets together with India. In India, smartphone shipments fell 10% year-over-year (YoY) within the September quarter, making it the bottom third-quarter cargo since 2019, in line with a (*8*) report by International Data Corporation (IDC). Demand for premium smartphones has remained unaffected in India market. Qualcomm’s new SoC can be meant for premium smartphones. 

Qualcomm claims the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2’s Kyro CPU gives 35% sooner efficiency, whereas the brand new microarchitecture gives as much as 40% extra energy effectivity compared to its predecessor Snapdragon Gen 1. The new SoC has 4 efficiency cores to deal with multi-threaded workloads higher versus the three within the predecessor. The single Prime core relies on Cortex X3 and runs at a clock velocity of 3.2GHz. Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 additionally makes use of a brand new Adreno GPU, which might muster 25% sooner efficiency and 45% extra effectivity. The new GPU additionally helps real-time {hardware} accelerated Ray Tracing, which implies a extra real looking lighting expertise in cell video games.

In phrases of connectivity, the brand new SoC additionally makes use of an upgraded X70 5G modem, which helps mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G together with standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) modes. It gives a obtain velocity of as much as 10Gbps, which is not an improve over its predecessor. Its different large improve is the WiFi 7 help with a peak velocity of 5.8Gbps up from 3.6Gbps provided by its predecessor, which helps WiFi 6E normal. WiFi 7 can be expected to scale back latency additional, which will likely be an enormous increase for on-line multiplayer or cloud gaming.

Qualcomm additionally talked at size in regards to the AI capabilities of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. It is powered by a brand new Hexagon processor, which has a much bigger tensor accelerator and may ship as much as 4.35x sooner AI efficiency together with sooner pure language processing, AI cinematic video seize, and AI bots in gaming. 

Some of the opposite highlights of the brand new SoC embrace help for spatial audio with dynamic head-tracking for a extra immersive expertise and 48kHz lossless music streaming for a extra detailed audio expertise. The new SoC makes use of Samsung’s ISOCELL HP3, a 200-megapixel picture sensor optimised specifically for it. Qualcomm claims additionally it is the primary SoC within the Snapdragon household that has an AV1 codec, which implies it could actually deal with video playbacks of as much as 8K HDR at 60fps (frames per second). 


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