Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Chipset

A few days ago MediaTek gave Qualcomm a bit of a scare by taking the lead with the announcement of the Dimensity 9200, a new chipsets based on ARMv9 architecture that will rival a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 that was not even public at the time. We speak in the past because now yes, it is official, since the American firm has given all the details of what will be its chipsets star for next year.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is a very interesting chipset, perhaps not because of its improvements in general performance, which despite its high values ​​move as expected, but because of the details that Qualcomm wanted to emphasize. Which are not the good performance of the CPU (35% faster and 40% more efficient) or the GPU (next generation Adreno, Vulkan 1.3, support for ray tracing25% performance improvement and 45% more efficient), but AI and image processing.

Specifically, this chipsets The eight-core processor (Kryo Prime based on Cortex-X3, four Performance cores instead of three, and three low-power Efficiency cores) boasts a new AI engine designed to speed up tasks such as real-time language translation, with a performance/watt improvement of 60% thanks to the use of the INT4 format. It also powers real-time image processing. These are tasks that until recently had a relatively marginal importance for Qualcomm, but in which it is forced to influence given the advance of rivals such as Apple and Google (the latter through the Pixel family).

Speaking precisely of photography and video, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 integrates an image processor (ISP) prepared for a new generation of sensors, among which Qualcomm wanted to highlight the Samsung ISOCELL HP3; according to the company “the first 200-megapixel optimized for Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (although not that there are many more of that resolution). Thanks to this new ISP, phones with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will be able to use camera applications capable of identifying contextually shape facial features, hair, clothing, and different types of sky.Perhaps most remarkably, the 108 MP sensors lack shutter lag, making it easier to capture more accurate photos.

Otherwise, all phones with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will benefit from already expected improvements such as support for Wi-Fi 7 networks and Bluetooth 5.3 peripherals with spatial audio.

Qualcomm claims that the first phones with its new chipsets they will arrive before the end of 2022. There are no specific dates or models, but from the house it is indicated that Asus, Honor, iqoo, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, Oppo, Redmagic, Redmi, Sharp, Sony, Vivo, Xiaomi, Meizu and ZTE they are already working on their own products.