Snapdragon 900 series processor – will this chip ever launch?

Qualcomm Snapdragon 480

This year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit will hold from November 30 to December 2. The protagonist of this summit should be the company’s latest flagship mobile processor. For many weeks, this processor has been known as Qualcomm Snapdragon 898. However, a recent report shows that the company will adopt a new naming method. The report claims that the upcoming flagship mobile processor will be called Snapdragon 8 gen1. Recall that earlier speculation claims that the Snapdragon 900 series processor will launch next year. With the rumored name change, we will ever have the Snapdragon 900 series?

Qualcomm Snapdragon 898

Whether the naming report is true or not, the Snapdragon 8 series has hit “888”. This is indeed near the end of the number. However, there is a 9 after 8, so why not enable the 9xx chip before the name change?

Inferring from known information, the Snapdragon 900 series is obviously higher than the Snapdragon 8 series in terms of positioning. Considering that the Snapdragon 8 series is already putting pressure on current smartphones in terms of heat and power consumption, the Snapdragon 900 series is more likely a chip for two-in-one devices and even notebooks, etc., to benchmark the Apple M series.

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According to Qualcomm’s CEO, the company’s self-developed CPU architecture will debut in 2022. This chip will be for high-performance notebooks. This chip is operated by the original Apple senior architecture team (NUVIA). It will be the best chip on the market and has a better battery life than competing products on Intel, AMD, and Apple platforms.

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Snapdragon 898 SoC on GeekBench

The Snapdragon 898 SoC (Snapdragon 8 gen1) will use Samsung’s 4nm manufacturing process. In addition, this chip will use a 1+3+4 three-cluster architecture design. The super-large core is Cortex X2, and the main frequency hit 3.0GHz. Also, the main frequency of the large core is 2.5GHz, and the main frequency of the small core is 1.79GHz. The graphic card is the Adreno 730 and X65 baseband (downlink 10Gbps). In terms of performance, Snapdragon 8 gen1 is said to be about 20% higher than Snapdragon 888.

The Snapdragon 8 gen1 has a single-core running score of about 1300 and a multi-core running score of about 4000. This time Samsung’s device only has a single-core 1211 and a multi-core 3193, which is a huge difference in multi-core results. An earlier Weibo leak shows that the Snapdragon 898 (Snapdragon 8 gen1) will be 20 times faster than its predecessor.

At present, there is not much specific information about the device. However, there are speculations that it may come with a watered-down version of the Snapdragon 898 (Snapdragon 8 gen1). The performance will be lower than the flagship version, but for tablet devices, the performance is sufficient to support daily use. The emphasis on tablets is not on the processor. The display and battery are probably of more importance for tablets than the processor. However, this is relative as users will have different preferences.

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