Chen Jin, general manager of Lenovo’s mobile phone business department in China, revealed that Qualcomm’s next-generation flagship processor Snapdragon 898 is in full preparation. Also, he said that the chip’s GPU will be upgraded significantly. So users should wait for an unprecedented graphics performance.
Chen Jin also said that the Lenovo Gaming Phone 3 Pro will come with Qualcomm’s SM8450 processor and will maintain the industry’s top tuning capabilities.
Prior to this, we have heard that the Qualcomm SM8450 may be named Snapdragon 898. What’s more important it will be using Samsung’s 4nm process.
According to the past practice of Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 898 is expected to debut in Q4 this year. Chen Jin previously revealed that they will launch a phone powered by this chip before New Year in 2022. This means that we will be able to see the new Lenovo phone sporting the Snapdragon 898 chip in December. So this does not rule out the possibility of the Legion Gaming Phone 3 Pro.
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On the other hand, Lenovo has previously launched many new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 series products. For example, the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT had a version that debuted the Snapdragon 855 chip; the Motorola Edge S first released the Snapdragon 870 chip. So Lenovo’s first release of Snapdragon 898 sounds quite realistic.
Snapdragon 898 Parameters
As for the chip itself, previously, we learned that the Snapdragon 898’s CPU will use a three-cluster architecture. The super-large core will be based on the Cortex-X2; the large core will come with the Cortex-A710; the small core will be based on the Cortex-A510. We are dealing with new designs under the ARM v9 pure 64-bit system.
Under the ARM public version, the Cortex-X2 has a 16% improvement in performance compared to the X1. So there is every reason to think that after Qualcomm’s tuning, it will further tap the potential and perform better. Of course, this does not represent the results after the final mass production. Experts think this SoC will score over 1 million points in AnTuTu.
The chip will be commercially available before the end of the year. But if in the past, Samsung was an exclusive manufacturer debuting Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 series chips, now this role is delegated to Xiaomi. And though Lenovo is doing its best to outrun Xiaomi and debut Qualcomm’s flagship chips, this Chinese brand still has priority at Qualcomm. Anyway, we don’t think that the Xiaomi Mi 12 will have a long exclusive period before other models will join the race.