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.
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 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.
Here is the list of Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phones (expected)
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:
- Xiaomi 13, 13 Pro
- Moto X40 (Edge 40 Pro)
- Samsung Galaxy S23, S23+, S23 Ultra
- OnePlus 11 and 11 Pro
- Vivo X90 Pro+
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5
- iQOO 11, 11 Pro
- Oppo Find X6 Series
Official list of smartphones launching with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 ✅
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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, 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.