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It’s here Qualcomm’s annual Flagship SOC refresh. Last year Qualcomm altered and butchered the naming convention but in line with that change, we have the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
No surprises with the name there but of course the agent who will be powering a lot of Android Flagship phones in 2023. Now thanks to Qualcomm we’ve had all the information under embargo and I’ve been itching to tell you all about the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
The Snapdragon agent again this time around will be based on TSMC’s 4-nanometer fabrication process. As for the core architecture, you get one prime Cortex X3 core which is clocked at 3.2 GHz and there are 4 performance cores which are the Cortex A715 cores and each one of them is clocked at 2.8 GHz.
Finally, you’ve got two efficiency cores which are Cortex A510 revision one course now all those are just numbers what does that mean for performance for end users Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will be 35% faster and 40% more power efficient compared to Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
Which of course is a huge upgrade but what I’m most excited for is that power efficiency gains because we want better battery life on our Flagship phones.
As for the GPU on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 you’ve got the new Adreno 740. The Adreno 740 is going to be 25% faster and 45% more power efficient compared to Adreno 730. It also supports the new Vulkan 1.3 API, but more importantly, do you know what’s coming soon?
Yes, hardware-based real-time Ray Tracing is coming soon to the Snapdragon 8 gen 2.
All of this is pretty exciting and initially, we all thought that it would come only to the density 9200 which MediaTek will announce this year but Ray Tracing is also coming to Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 which is of course very exciting.
So for all those who don’t know Ray Tracing is this advanced way to render light and shadows to make it look more realistic and that happens in real-time as well.
For example – in scenes where the protagonist is inside a cave and there’s only a sliver of light passing through a slit and it’s bouncing off different kinds of rocks all of those details the light details and the shadow details will be rendered accurately.
For Ray Tracing to be rendered accurately it requires a lot of hardware horsepower so much so that the PS5 games that come with Ray Tracing have the option to switch it off so that you can get better FPS.
Which is better to even think that Ray Tracing is coming to mobile this soon is surprising and something that I can’t wait to see in action.
When Qualcomm starts talking about the Snapdragon agent too it’s constantly talking about the fact that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is purpose-built for artificial intelligence.
If I had to drill it down into simple terms, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will be twice as powerful compared to 8 Gen 1 when it comes to AI processing which means that the hexagon processor inside the chip will be far more powerful.
Also what’s important to note is that the power per watt consumption has been reduced by 60%. Well, how does that happen? Because Qualcomm has added a dedicated power delivery system to click on the processor which means that the power supply for the hexagon processor will be a separate one.
Any AI processing will happen faster and it will consume less power too. These are proper gains in performance and power efficiency that we’re looking at across the stack whether it is a CPU whether it is GPU or it is AI.
Wireless Network Connectivity
Qualcomm has added support for dual 5G dual active sims as well what that means is that you can have two 5G sims installed on your phone at the same time and they will both be active so if you want to use both Jio and Airtel at the same time you’ll be able to do it.
Apart from that new fast connect 7800 chip will have support for Wi-Fi 7 which has peak speeds of 5.8 GBs per second which is twice as fast as Wi-Fi 6. And it also promised the world’s lowest latency of fewer than 2 milliseconds.
But what I’m noticing is that I have not seen too many Wi-Fi 6 routers around it’s still a lot of 5 GHz Wi-Fi that a lot of people are still using. So I don’t know how Wi-Fi 7 will move things forward faster so I want to see that change happening sooner but right now it’s kind of slow on the consumer front.
Concerning audio Qualcomm has been doing a lot of work with the Snapdragon processors but with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, you will be getting Spatial Audio with head tracking.
The same thing that Apple provides on its iPhone with AirPods ecosystem that will be available at a hardware level for Android flagships as well.
So that’ll be exciting to see how these device manufacturers implement it!
This is all about the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Early benchmark leaks are suggesting that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is going to be a very very powerful processor and you know the numbers are very close to what the A16 Bionic inside the Apple iPhone 14 pro and the 14 Pro Max are achieving.
So the gap is now closing and that’s something that I’m excited about.
Hardware-based Ray tracing that is coming for gaming that’s something that’s not available on iPhones at the moment so so yeah I mean that would be something that will set apart Android flagships.
If devs can also push it accordingly and if we have an ecosystem of games that can make use of Ray tracing that well.
What do you guys think of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2? are you excited about it?