In short: The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is a major improvement over its predecessor in terms of performance and efficiency, and the trend is expected to continue with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. Qualcomm’s flagship chip for 2023 is said to ship with a Cortex- X4 prime core that should be faster than the Coretx-X3 CPU core found in Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
Qualcomm is believed to be working on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC, and a new leak seems to reveal some of its key details. According to the tipster RGcloudSThe Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 has a 1 + 4 + 3 CPU core configuration like the Gen 2 chip, which is in direct contrast to earlier rumors that claimed Qualcomm would move to a 1 + 5 + 2 setup for the its next-gen flagship. SoC.
The tipster further claimed that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will feature a Cortex-X4 prime core clocked up to 3.72GHz, which is almost 15% faster than the 3.2GHz frequency of the Cortex-X3 core in the standard Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. It is worth noting, however, that the Gen 2 chip also has a Samsung-specific variant with a higher CPU clock speed of up to 3.36GHz and an additional GPU frequency of up to 719MHz.
The tipster also claimed that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 has a higher CPU clock speed than Apple’s A17 Bionic “on paper.” However, whether that will translate into faster performance remains to be seen. Apple’s A-series processors typically get higher scores in synthetic benchmarks than Snapdragon chips.
On Geekbench, for example, the A16 Bionic in the iPhone 14 Pro got a single-core score of 1,874 points and a multi-core score of 5,372 points. In comparison, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 could only manage 1,483 points in the single-core and 4,709 points in the multi-core test.
But a previous leak suggests that things could change with Qualcomm’s next-generation chip. An engineering sample of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is rumored to be faster than the A16 Bionic, so it will be interesting to see if Qualcomm can turn the tables on Cupertino when it launches its next-generation flagship later this year. year.