Qualcomm released its flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 last year, which was a great hit. It brought remarkable performance improvements in the CPU and the GPU department over its predecessor. Now, we are waiting for the release of its successor, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. In this article, we will talk about the features, phones and all other details you need to know about the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. So without any further ado, let’s begin.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Launch Date
- Update: Qualcomm has confirmed that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset will be announced on October 24, 2023, at the annual Snapdragon Summit in Maui, Hawaii. The summit will run from October 24 to 26.
Qualcomm usually releases a “plus” version of its flagship chips yearly. However, it seems like Qualcomm is looking forward to ditching this trend and focusing on bringing the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 earlier than the usual timeline.
Recent rumours via Digital Chat Station cite that Qualcomm will release its next flagship chipset in October 2023, which is one month earlier than the usual timeline of November. Like the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will also have a dual-sourcing route. This means the chip will have two versions, one for regular use and one specifically for Samsung Galaxy phones.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Expected Features
Since the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is still very far away, we don’t have much insight into what features it will offer. However, one of the most obvious things to note about the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 should be that it will have better GPU and CPU clock speeds.
Also, Qualcomm seems to continue the trend of adopting the dual-sourcing approach with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 as well. By adopting a dual-sourcing approach, Qualcomm aims to solve the supply chain issues and has enlisted the help of Samsung and TSMC in the mass production of the SoC.
Nevertheless, the upcoming chip is expected to consume 20% less power than its predecessor.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy S24 will reportedly beat iPhone 15 Pro’s A17 Bionic Chipset in Geekbench single-core test. The chipset will score 2,000 points in the Geekbench single-core test. For regular 8 Gen 3, an early Geekbench test shows a single-core score of 1930 points.
However, these are just rumours, and we will have to wait for the official release to see what’s true and what’s not.
The new chip will reportedly carry the codename “Lanai” and the model number SM8650. It will likely come with a 2+3+2+1 core configuration.
As per the report, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor will have the latest Arm cores. Its CPU configuration will consist of 2 silver cores with Arm codename Hayes (A5xx), 3 gold cores with Arm codename Hunter (A7xx), 2 titanium cores with Arm codename Hunter (A7xx), and 1 gold+ core with Arm codename Hunter ELP (Xn). In addition, the chipset will come with Adreno 750 GPU. It is also said that the 8 Gen 3 will no longer support 32-bit and will only support 64-bit architecture.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Phones (Expected)
Although there is no official information about which phones will feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, we can make some predictions based on the previous generation. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 was featured in most of the flagship Android phones. These include the Samsung Galaxy S23 series, the OnePlus 11, Vivo X90 Pro+, Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro, and more.
Therefore, it is safe to assume that the successors of these phones will feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. Smartphone brands such as Motorola, OPPO, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Vivo and Samsung will use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip in their upcoming flagship phones. Here’s a representative list of the phones that will feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip:
- Samsung Galaxy S24 Series
- Xiaomi 14 and 14 Pro
- OPPO Find X7 Series
- OPPO Find N3 Series
- OnePlus 12
- iQOO 12 Series
- Red Magic 9 Series
- Nubia Z60
- Redmi K70 Series
- Vivo X100 Pro Plus
- Realme GT5
Note: The list is based purely on prediction and is not confirmed by Qualcomm or any OEMs.
Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 appears to be an impressive upgrade over its predecessor, as per the current rumours. However, only time will tell how accurate these rumours are. Anyway, what do you think of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3? Do you think it could beat the upcoming A17 Bionic? Let us know in the comments section below.