Over the years, Qualcomm, MediaTek, Apple, Samsung and even Huawei have designed pretty decent chips that did well in the market. However, due to the U.S. ban, Huawei no longer designs Kirin chips because it does not have the capacity to produce them. Samsung and MediaTek have not been on top of their game for flagship chips. Although Apple has been ahead, it appears that Qualcomm will now have a chip that completely surpasses Apple’s latest flagship SoC, the A16 Bionic. This chip will be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3.
Last year, Qualcomm released three flagship chips all in the Snapdragon 8 series. This year, it appears that things will be a little different. It appears that there will be no Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2. The company will rather just go ahead and release the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, which is an advanced version.
Although the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is built on TSMC’s N4P (4nm) process, tech blogger @Tech Reve reports that the main frequency has in fact soared to 3.75GHz. This is 17% higher than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2’s current standard version. But, the CPU architecture it offers consists of an Adreno 750 GPU built-in, a Cortex-X4 super-large core, five Cortex-A720 large cores, one Cortex-A520 small core, and an X75 5G baseband.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 beats the A16 Bionic in Geekbench
A major mobile device testing tool called Geekbench recently released purported Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 scores. The multi-core score is way greater at 6,236 points while the single-core score is 1930. This score is simply astonishing because it easily becomes the best mobile phone chip. These results are much greater than what was previously predicted; prior rumours claim a single-core score of 1,800 and a multi-core score of 6,100. These results show a huge upgrade of 30% in single-core performance and 20% in multi-core relative to the current generation Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which scores 1,491 for single-core and 5,164 for multi-core.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 comes with a 1 + 5 + 2 core layout and this is one of its main benefits. The array means that the chip has one high-performance core, five middle cores, and two efficiency cores. This differs from its predecessor’s setup of 1+4+3. This new layout ensures that the chip comes with better power. Also, there are claims that with this array, the chip will use 20% less energy than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip. The N4P process node from TSMC may also be used, which would increase the chip’s efficacy.
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Even if there have been some optimistic rumours and scores have been leaked, it’s crucial to take this info with some caution. The engineering sample stage of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is currently ongoing. Also, the chip’s performance capabilities may be tested by the developers by pushing the chip to its limits. The performance of the final product can differ from the scores that were leaked. The company might either need to water down or even increase the performance of the chip.
Samsung Galaxy S24 to launch the SD8 Gen 3
At the moment, there is no official report regarding the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. However, rumours claim that mobile phones that should use this new flagship processor include the Samsung Galaxy S24 series. This series will also launch the all-new UFS 4.1 memory which will bring faster response speed to the device generally. Although it sounds exciting, considering that ARM Cortex-X4, UFS 4.1, etc. are technical products that are not yet official, we still have to treat them rationally and wait for some sort of confirmation.
Galaxy S24 may have an Exynos model
In terms of mobile phone chips, Samsung has used a dual flagship model over the years. This indicates that for its flagship devices, it employs both Qualcomm’s Snapdragon and its own Exynos CPUs. Exynos models are released in Europe and some regions of Asia, whereas Snapdragon devices are first introduced in China, the United States, and other major markets. The premium Galaxy S23 series did not feature Samsung’s in-house Exynos 2300 processor, though. Instead, the company is going to make use of the tech in the mid-range Samsung Galaxy S22 FE phone. There are now rumours that the company will add its chips back to its flagship models. It will offer a Samsung Galaxy S24 Exynos 2400 variant.
Mass production to start this year
According to rumours, the mass production of the Samsung Exynos 2400 will begin in November of this year. This means that it will take several months before the chip launch. The Samsung Galaxy S24 series, which is scheduled to debut in 2024, might use this chip. However, only the South Korean version of this mobile phone series may use this chip. There are now two rumours about the Samsung Exynos 2400’s specs and architecture. According to a report, the chip will have an eight-core 1 + 4 + 3 design. However, another rumour claims that this device will have a ten-core 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 architecture. Either way, we know that Samsung will launch a flagship processor and its performance will be pretty decent.
The Cortex X4 super big core, the Cortex A510 tiny core, and the Cortex A720 large core are likely to be included in the Exynos 2400. There isn’t a set ratio of large to small cores, though. About the specific number, there are no leaks or rumours. It’s crucial to keep in mind that Samsung has been utilizing Snapdragon CPUs in recent years in its flagship products. Nonetheless, flagship phones with their own Exynos series CPUs will still be available in the Korean market. Moreover, the Exynos series of CPUs has a big impact in Europe. It is unknown if the Exynos 2400 or Qualcomm CPUs will power the Samsung Galaxy S24 series in Europe. As of now, there is no official word from the company with respect to this chip