Before the end of the year, we expect Qualcomm to unveil its next-generation flagship processor. In recent times, there have been a couple of reports regarding this flagship processor. The model number of this chip is SM8450 and the name may be Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 processor. This chip will be the successor of Qualcomm’s latest flagship, Snapdragon 888 SoC. There are still a few months away from the official release of the processor, but reports regarding this chip are intensifying. According to @DCS, SM8450 will use the upcoming Samsung 4nm process.
The report further states that this process will improve the performance by about 20%. The Snapdragon 898 will have a 3.09Hz high frequency and will inevitably bring performance improvements. However, the high frequency will inevitably bring high power consumption.
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The Samsung 4nm chip, Snapdragon 898 SoC, will come with some improvements relative to Samsung’s 5nm Snapdragon 888. Many manufacturers are already struggling with the power consumption of the Snapdragon 888. The big question now is whether or not major manufacturers can suppress the power consumption of the new chip. Regarding the power consumption, @DCS says that the processor will be “hot as always, but fortunately, it will be available in the winter”.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 speculations
According to previous news, the CPU of Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 will use a three-cluster architecture. It will include a very large Cortex-X2 core, a large Cortex-A710 core, and a small Cortex-A510 core. All these new designs will run under the ARM v9 Pure 64-bit system. The design performance of Cortex-X2 is about 16% higher than that of X1. However, after Qualcomm’s tuning, its performance is much better. As of now, we do not have any information on the exact performance result of this chip.
The chip will be officially announced at the Qualcomm Summit in December this year. Thus, the earliest smartphone to use this chip will likely arrive in December this year or January next year. Recall that the Xiaomi Mi 11 arrived in December with the Snapdragon 888, a few days after the chip launched. As for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 Plus processor, it will officially arrive in the second half of the year.
TSMC and Samsung are the two major chip foundries in the industry presently. While Samsung will manufacture the Snapdragon 898 SoC, TSMC 4nm process will take care of the Snapdragon 898+ SoC. Perhaps, the power consumption control and performance improvement will be more obvious. However, we will have to wait a few months to see what these chips will offer.