Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, was announced in December 2021. Since then, several smartphones have been using the SoC. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 did not meet the users’ expectations, as several heating issues were reported on phones with the SoC. This may be due to Samsung’s fabrication process, on which the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is built.
Therefore, Qualcomm has released the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 to combat these issues. The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 will be built on TSMC’s 4nm fabrication process. The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 was released on May 20, 2022. It brought huge improvements over the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
Now Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is official. This year the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 – SM8550 was released earlier than expected. The flagship chipset was officially announced on November 15, 2022, at the Snapdragon Summit 2022.
Here is the list of Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phones
- Xiaomi 13 Pro
- OnePlus 11
- Galaxy S23
- Galaxy S23+
- Galaxy S23 Ultra
- Red Magic 8 Pro
- Red Magic 8 Pro+
- Nubia Z50
- Xiaomi 13
- iQOO 11
- iQOO 11 Pro
- Vivo X90 Pro+
February 28: Xiaomi 13 Pro with 6.73-inc 2K 120Hz E6 AMOLED panel, 8 Gen 2, 50MP rear camera with 1″ Sony IMX989 sensor, 4820mAh battery with 120W wired fast charging launched in India. It is available in Ceramic Black and Ceramic White colours. The device has been priced at Rs. 79,999 for the single 12GB + 256GB model.
February 27: Honor launched the Magic 5 series for global markets at MWC 2023. Honor Magic 5 and 5 Pro pack Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform. The Magic 5 Series will be available in Q2 2023 via the HONOR online store.
February 7: The OnePlus 11 is available in the global market. It comes with a 6.7-inch centered punch-hole E4 AMOLED panel with a resolution of 3216 x 1440 pixels. It packs an 8 Gen 2 chipset paired with LPDDR5x RAM, UFS 4.0 storage, and a VC liquid cooling system. The phone is backed by a 5,000mAh battery with support for 100W fast-wired charging. The OnePlus 11 5G feature a triple rear camera setup comprising Hasselblad system-based 50MP Sony IMX980 primary unit with OIS, a 48MP Sony IMX581 ultra-wide-angle unit, and a 32MP telephoto unit with 2x optical zoom. A 16MP selfie unit (f/2.5) is placed on the top-left corner of the display.
February 1: Samsung announced the Galaxy S23 series at the first Galaxy Unpacked event of 2023. The lineup includes Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus, and Galaxy S23 Ultra. The custom chipset has a prime CPU core clocked at 3.36GHz instead of 3.2GHz. Also, the Adreno 740 GPU is clocked at 719MHz instead of 680MHz.
December 26: Red Magic 8 Pro series is now available in China. Red Magic 8 Pro and 8 Pro+ features Qualcomm’s latest 8 Gen 2 SoC. They feature the largest volume of VC cooling with a 2068mm³ total size.
December 19: Nubia Z50 is now official in China with Qualcomm’s flagship chip. It sports a 6.67-inch curved AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels (FHD+) and up to a 144Hz refresh rate.
December 15: Moto X40 launched in China. It is the company’s first Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phone. It packs a 6.7-inch AMOLED panel with an FHD+ resolution, a 165Hz refresh rate, and HDR support. It may arrive in the global market as Motorola Edge 40.
December 11: Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro arrives in China Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. The chipset comprises 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS 4.0 storage. The 13 series has a Leica-branded triple rear cameras setup.
December 8: iQOO has launched the iQOO 11 and 11 Pro in its domestic Chinese market. Both handsets feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset 6.78-inch E6 AMOLED display that supports a 144Hz refresh rate.
December 2: Vivo X90 Pro+ is the world’s first smartphone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC. It is expected to go on sale starting on December 6 in China. The Pro+ comes with a 2K+ E6 120Hz AMOLED panel with 1,440Hz high-frequency PWM dimming and a 1200Hz instant touch sampling rate. The main camera unit is 50MP with an IMX989 sensor, f/1.75 aperture, LED flash, and OIS. It is backed by a 4700mAh battery with 80W fast charging and 50W wireless fast charging.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Features
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is more powerful and power-efficient than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and the 8+ Gen 1. It is built on TSMC’s 4nm node, unlike the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which is built on Samsung’s node.
The next-generation flagship chipset has a Single Kryo Prime CPU based on Cortex-X3 based at up to 3.2GHz, Quad Kryo Performance CPUs (2 x Cortex-A715 + 2 x Cortex-A710) at up to 2.8GHz and triple Kryo Efficiency CPUs based on Cortex-A510 at up to 2GHz. It packs the Qualcomm Adreno next-gen GPU (Adreno 740?). The processor will bring a new Snapdragon X70 5G modem.
Qualcomm promises the new chip will bring 35% improvements in CPU and 25% performance improvements in GPU, probably compared to Gen 1.
Qualcomm has confirmed that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will be adopted by several OEMs such as Asus ROG, Vivo, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Oppo, Red Magic, Honor, iQOO, Motorola, nubia, Sharp, Sony, Meizu and ZTE.
An early release of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 also means an early release of flagship smartphones that the SoC will power. Perhaps, we will see an early release of the Xiaomi 13 Series. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 powered phones list may include:
1. Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro
The Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro are expected to release by the end of the year. These will be one of the first smartphones to feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. The Xiaomi 13 will have a 6.38-inch curved OLED 120Hz display, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, rear camera setup: 50MP (Sony IMX 989) + 50MP ultra-wide camera + macro camera, and a 4500mAh battery with 67W fast charging.
On the other hand, the Xiaomi 13 Pro 6.7-inch curved 120Hz E6 AMOLED, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, triple camera setup: 50MP (Sony IMX 989) + 50MP ultra-wide camera + 50MP telephoto, 32MP front camera, and a 4800mAh battery with 120W fast charging.
2. Moto X40 (Edge 40 Pro)
The Moto X40 or the Moto Edge 40 Pro is also one of the first phones to feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. The key specifications of the Moto X40 include a 6.7-inch curved 165Hz AMOLED, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, the triple camera setup on the rear: 50MP + 50MP + 12MP, 60MP front camera, and a 5000mAh battery with 68W fast charging. The phone will likely debut outside China by Q1 2023. Meanwhile, the China release seems very soon, as the phone has already been listed on TENNA.
3. Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has surfaced on the web for a long time. The Galaxy S23 series will be powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, including the Galaxy S23 Ultra. The Galaxy S23 Ultra will likely have a 6.8-inch 120Hz curved OLED, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, 200MP primary camera, 40MP front camera, and a 5000mAh battery with 25W fast charging. The Galaxy S23 Ultra will likely launch in January or February 2023.
4. OnePlus 11 Pro
The successor to the OnePlus 10 Pro, the OnePlus 11 Pro will also join the list of first phones to feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. The OnePlus 11 Pro is expected to feature a 6.7-inch 120Hz AMOLED, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, 50MP (primary) + 48MP (ultra-wide) + 32MP (2X telephoto lens) triple camera setup on the rear, 16MP front camera, and a 5000mAh battery with support for up to 100W fast charging. The OnePlus 11 Pro should be released by the end of 2022, perhaps in December.
5. Vivo X90 Pro+
Vivo is also not behind in trying to be one of the first smartphone brands to bring the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. The Vivo X90 Pro+ will have a 6.78-inch 120Hz AMOLED, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, 50MP (IMX 989V) + 48MP (ultra-thin) + 50MP (portrait lens) + periscope zoom lens quad camera setup, and a 470mAh battery with 80W fast charging. The Vivo X90 Pro+ is expected to launch in China by the end of this year (November/December). However, a global launch could be in Q1 2023.
6. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5
Another smartphone from Samsung will be coming with the Galaxy Z Fold 5. Since it is too early to tell much about the Galaxy Z Fold 5, we have little information about it. The Galaxy Z Fold 5 will reportedly feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip and Samsung’s 50MP ISOCELL GN3. Other specifications are still unknown. According to the latest leak, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 will be launched on August 10, 2023. Usually, we see the foldable launches in August. So this leak could be accurate.
7. iQOO 11 & 11 Pro
The iQOO 11 and 11 Pro will also be one of the first phones with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. According to a tipster who shared the specifications of the iQOO 11 Pro, the phone will have a 6.78-inch 2K 144Hz AMOLED, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, 50MP (main) + 50MP (ultra-wide) + 14.6MP telephoto) triple camera setup, 16MP front camera, and a 4700mAh battery and 200W fast charging.
Then, according to a tipster, the iQOO 11 will have a 6.78-inch 2K resolution144Hz E6 AMOLED, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, 50MP (GN5) + 13MP (ultra-wide) + 12MP (telephoto) rear camera setup, 16MP front camera, and a 5000mAh battery with 120W fast charging. The iQOO 11 series is also said to be the first to feature UFS 4.0 storage. It is expected to launch by the end of this year, probably in December 2022.
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