Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 Smartphones: Leak Points to a Downgrade

Snapdragon 8 Gen 4

Qualcomm is a leading Android chip manufacturer. Their upcoming processor has tech enthusiasts and industry analysts curious about its potential. Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is scheduled for release this fall. Therefore, we are still some time away from phones with this processor. While official details are pending, leaks and rumors provide early hints about its potential. Keep in mind that the below information is based on leaks and should be taken with caution until officially confirmed.

The latest news comes from Digital Chat Station on Weibo. The source claims details about the phones with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 chip. He says that the phones with the next flagship processor mainly focus on improving battery and screen performance. This focus on battery aligns with the growing demand for phones that can last longer. However, the phones with the upcoming chip may have only minor improvements in the camera department.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 4

The source also mentions that some of these phones might have downgraded features compared to their predecessors. Also, the first Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 chips seem to cost more to manufacture. This means companies might use cheaper materials in their phones.

On further analysis of this topic, I came across another noteworthy rumor:

Snapdragon 8 Gen 4

The user states a prediction from a company’s executive. The prediction is that companies may adopt plastic frames instead of metal next year to save costs. This makes sense, as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 chip is reportedly more expensive. This change is likely for high-end phones. True flagship phones should still have high-quality materials. Remember, this is just a rumor. Hence, take it with a pinch of salt.

High competition in the market

The upcoming Qualcomm processor will face the flagship Dimensity processor from MediaTek. Their latest Dimensity 9300 Plus chip has a strong benchmark score. Earlier, we covered the 2.3M+ AnTuTu score of Dimensity 9300 Plus. As a result, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will need to be highly competitive.

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Moreover, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will also compete against Apple’s next-generation A18 Pro chip. Apple’s chip will feature a Neural Engine with more cores giving more AI power to the chip, Hence, Qualcomm will also need to focus on strong AI performance. Qualcomm has a history of competing strongly in the chipset market. Hence, we have high expectations for their upcoming flagship chip.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 specifications and capabilities

At the core, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is based on a 3nm process. This ensures high efficiency, an important part of the success of a processor. Moreover, the layout is changed for Snapdragon 8 Gen 4. The previous Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 featured a 1 + 3 + 4 layout. While the upcoming flagship will feature a 2 + 6 design, ditching the efficiency cores completely. Moreover, there is a big jump in clock speed too. It has increased from 3.3GHz to 4GHz.

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Qualcomm promises the new Oryon core will offer enhanced performance and energy efficiency. Since AI is an important element, Qualcomm is also focusing on it. Qualcomm will bring a dedicated DSP and AI accelerator to make their chip have better AI capabilities.

First smartphones expected with Snapdragon 8 Gen 4

OnePlus, iQOO, and Xiaomi were the first companies to launch phones with Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. The phones among the first to feature Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 include the OnePlus 12, iQOO 12, and Xiaomi 14. Keeping the tradition, we expect the Xiaomi 15, OnePlus 13, and iQOO 13 to be the first ones with Snapdragon 8 Gen 4. Earlier we covered news of iQOO 13 with Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, you can check it out here.

Confirmed details of Snapdragon 8 Gen 4

Qualcomm CMO Don McGuire confirmed that Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will use the Oryon CPU. Moreover, we also know the confirmed launch details about the chip. There is a Snapdragon Summit that will be held in October. In this event, we will see the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 being unveiled.


In this article, we explored the unique insights on Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 phones and provided a detailed analysis of the chipset itself. The leak suggests that phones with this processor may offer better performance, battery, and display. Potential trade-offs might exist in build quality and camera upgrades. Remember, these are unconfirmed reports. We’ll keep you updated as official details come out.

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