The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will potentially see an announcement in Q4 2022 if Qualcomm’s launch history is anything to go by. Now, if you’re wondering when exactly the official unveiling will take place, the chipmaker might have dropped a huge hint.
Qualcomm could unveil the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 a good two weeks before last year’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
The Snapdragon Summit is an annual conference where Qualcomm showcases the latest technologies it’s been working on, including a chipset that will power future Android flagships. On this occasion, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is expected to find its way into the high-end handsets of 2023, and according to the San Diego chipmaker’s events page, the Snapdragon Summit will be held from November 14-17.
Looking at Qualcomm’s story, the flagship mobile SoC is usually announced on the first day of the Snapdragon Summit, which means the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 could see an unveiling on November 14th. Qualcomm’s phone partners like Xiaomi are also expected to attend the conference, where it can provide a preview of its flagship series that comes with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. In that case, those high-end smartphones will likely be called the Xiaomi 13 and 13. Pro.
We may also get a glimpse of the successor to the Snapdragon 8cx 3, which is currently unnamed, but earlier reports placed this SoC as a competitor to the M1. Qualcomm said earlier that it would take advantage of the Nuvia acquisition to boost the performance of its future chipset in a bid to tackle Apple’s M-series. As for what we know about the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Qualcomm will likely stick with TSMC’s 4nm architecture to mass-produce its next-gen silicon.
TSMC is expected to begin mass production of Apple’s M2 Pro and M2 Max later this year using its cutting-edge 3nm technology, but Qualcomm is unlikely to take advantage of this node until at least next year. Fortunately, with what we’ve seen with the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will offer improved power efficiency and increased performance.
It may also be Qualcomm’s first SoC to sport an all-new CPU cluster in years, forgoing the basic “1+3+4” configuration and instead moving to a “1+2+2+” configuration. 3”. Whether or not this change brings substantial improvements is anyone’s guess, so as always, we’ll wait for the actual results.
More information on this chipset will likely be available in the coming weeks.
News Source: Qualcomm