- Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset
- It is a 4nm chipset that clocks at 3.2GHz
- Vivo, Xiaomi, Motorola, iQOO, OnePlus, and OPPO are expected to soon launch SD8G2 phones
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform has been launched through the Tech Summit event. It succeeds the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, which debuted in December last year. The SD8G2 will power the upcoming Android flagship phones, which are expected to launch in the next few weeks in China. The SD8G2 phones for the global market are expected to be released in Q1 2023.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is expected to face competition from the MediaTek Dimensity 9200 chipset, which was announced the previous week. Here is all the information on the technical specifications of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 specifications
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (SM8550 part number) is a 4 nm chipset with 1+2+2+3 architecture. The single Kryo prime core, which is based on Cortex-X3, clocks in at 3.2GHz. It is coupled with 2 x Kryo performance cores based on Cortex-A715 and 2 x Kryo performance cores based on Cortex-A510. Both clock at 2.80GHz each. It also has three Kryo efficiency cores running at 2.0 GHz.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 comes with the new Adreno GPU, which carries support for hardware-accelerated ray tracing. The GPU supports Vulkan 1.3 (along with OpenGL ES 3.2). According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 offers 35 percent faster CPU performance and is 40 percent more power efficient than its predecessor. In terms of GPU, it promises 25 percent better performance and 45 percent higher power efficiency.
Phones featuring the SD8G2 can support on-device display resolutions of 4K with a 60Hz refresh rate and Quad HD+ resolution with a 144Hz refresh rate. It supports up to 4K resolution at 60Hz with 10-bit colours with HDR10, HDR10+, HDR Vivid, and Dolby Vision on an external display. With AV1 decoding enabled, the SD8G2-powered phones can stream up to 8K video at 60 fps with HDR support.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is equipped with an 18-bit triple IPS that can support up to 3 x 36-megapixel cameras simultaneously or a 200-megapixel single camera. It also supports a 108-megapixel camera with no shutter lag. The US-based chip manufacturer has optimised Sony’s DOL-HDR (Digital Overlap HDR) and Samsung’s 200-megapixel ISOCELL HP3 to work with its ISP. The chipset brings support for recording 30fps 8K HDR video, which allows users to shoot 64-megapixel photos at the same time. It supports 4K video recording at 120 fps and 720p slow-motion videos at 960fps. It carries support for HDR formats such as HDR10+, HLG, and Dolby Vision.
When it comes to connectivity, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 ships with the Snapdragon X70 modem for mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G connectivity. It supports peak download speeds of 10 GB/s and upload speeds of 3.5GB/s. It allows users to use two 5G SIMs or 5G+4G SIMs to be used simultaneously. The SD8G2 supports 4.35x increased AI performance thanks to the inclusion of a new INT5 format, Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth 5.3. and dual-frequency GNSS, and Quick Charge 5.
Upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phones
Qualcomm has confirmed that brands such as Asus ROG, Honor, iQOO, Meizu, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, Oppo, Red Magic, Sharp, Sony, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE will launch Snapdragon 8 Gen 2-powered Android flagship phones. Brands like Samsung and Realme were not mentioned, but they are also expected to launch SD8G2 flagship phones. The Vivo X90 series, which is set to launch on November 22nd in China, could be the first S8G2 phone. The Moto X40, Xiaomi 13, Xiaomi 13 Pro, OnePlus 11, iQOO 11, and iQOO 11 Pro are the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2-powered flagship phones that are expected to launch in quick succession in China. The Samsung Galaxy S23, which is expected to debut in February 2023, could be one of the first SD8G2 phones to land on the global market.