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Qualcomm could be redesigning the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4

 

Qualcomm and Apple's chipsets power devices that run on completely different platforms. But they are still in competition with each other over who can create the most powerful hardware. So much so that following the launch of the Apple M4, Qualcomm could be thinking of redesigning its upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 chipset.

 

According to a post on X by @jasonwill101, Qualcomm is looking to finalize the redesign of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 in June. The chipset was originally intended to come with a targeted frequency of 4.0GHz and above. But now the post claims that Qualcomm will raise the bar with a new targeted frequency of 4.26GHz.

 

 

Apparently Qualcomm is doing this in anticipation of the A18 chipsets that will launch later this year. The M4 is used to power Apple's latest iPads and possibly future Mac computers. It is built on TSMC's latest 3nm process. The A18 chipsets are expected to follow in its footsteps.. This means there's a chance that the A18 could be just as powerful.

 

In light of that, Qualcomm is probably hoping to narrow the gap or even potentially surpass the A18 with this redesign of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4. Recent reports suggests that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 could be a beast in terms of gaming. We'll probably have to wait for the release of both the Gen 4 and A18 to get a better idea.


Snapdragon X Elite benchmarks should have Apple worried

 

During the Snapdragon Summit last year, Qualcomm unveiled its new Snapdragon X Elite chipset. This is a new chipset that is designed to compete against the Apple Silicon and bring more Arm-based computers to the market. Now thanks to benchmarks of the Snapdragon X Elite that have been spotted on Geekbench, it looks promising.

 

This was discovered by Windows Latest who found a benchmark for the Surface Laptop 6. It is widely speculated to be the Snapdragon X Elite, even though the chipset was not identified specifically. According to the scores, it managed to achieve 2,714 for single-core performance and 14,078 for multi-core performance.

 

For context, Apple's M3 Pro scored 3,084 in single-core and 14,017 in multi-core. While the M3 Pro seemingly leads the way in single-core performance, the Snapdragon X Elite has it slightly beat in the multi-core department according to the benchmarks. That being said, it should be noted that these scores only tell one side of the story. There are other things to consider when purchasing a laptop.

 

Plus, Qualcomm seems to be mired in some controversy right now regarding its benchmarks. The company has yet to disclose its chip TDP. This means that it is possible that the company's chipsets could be drawing more power than the Apple Silicon. This in turn could give it higher benchmark results. We'll have to wait for the actual laptops to be released to get a better idea.


Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will launch this October

 

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset launched last October. If you're curious about the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 and when it will launch, Qualcomm has essentially confirmed in a video on X that the Gen 4 will launch this October.

 

This was revealed by Qualcomm's CMO Don McGuire who said that the Snapdragon Summit will take place in October. McGuire does explicitly mention the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, but since the company usually uses the event to announce new products, it's not that surprising.

 

 

McGuire also talks about the new Oryon CPU that will probably make its way into the Gen 4. While smartphone hardware has peaked, we are still pretty excited for the Gen 4. The rumors are claiming that it will be built on TSMC's 3nm process and it will see insane clock speeds.

 

There was a leaked benchmark in January where it showed the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 beating out Apple's A17 Pro. So that's promising. Unfortunately, there have been other rumors claiming that the chipset could be more expensive. Unless smartphone makers were to absorb these costs, there's a chance that 2025 flagship phones could get more expensive.

 

In any case, October is still quite a long ways to go. Be sure to check back with us later if you'd like to learn more about the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 launch!


Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 benchmarks WRECKS Apple's A17 Pro

 

This year's flagship smartphones are mostly going to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. Next year, we expect them to be powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, and that will definitely be a chipset to look forward to, especially if the leaked benchmarks are any indication of its performance.

 

According to Geekbench 6 benchmarks, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will be an absolute beast of a chipset. It scores 2,845 on single-core and 10,628 on multi-core. For context, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 scored 7,249 on multi-core, and Apple's 3nm A17 Pro scored 7,281. This means that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is going to be much more powerful.

 

 

Of course, take this with a grain of salt since it's hard to tell if this is the real deal. Also, Apple's A18 chipset this year could possibly beat the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4's scores or come close. But for now, on paper at least, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is going to be a monster and that's something to look forward to.

 

It was previously reported that someone got their hands on an engineering sample of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4. This device managed to run Genshin Impact for up to 45 minutes at 1080p while maintaining 60 fps. If that is true, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 could be great for sustained periods of gaming. It's too early to get excited for the chipset, but it will be interesting to see how the competition fares.


New Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 series chipset could create some powerful mid-rangers

 

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 series of chipsets represents the best the company has to offer. The Snapdragon 7 series, on the other hand, are designed by Qualcomm and target mid-range handsets. For the most part, the Snapdragon 7 series offers pretty decent performance, but the upcoming new model could turn things on its head.

 

A post on Weibo by user Digital Chat Station has revealed that Qualcomm has a new Snapdragon 7 series in the works. The chipset will likely bear the name "Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 3" and may incorporate some of the new architecture from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3.

 

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 currently features a core architecture that consists of two low-power cores, five performance cores, and a single prime Cortex-X4 core. If the Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 3 adopts a similar architecture, we could be looking at some insane boosts in performance levels!

 

The GPU could also be seeing improvements, making mid-range phones using the Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 3 more feasible for gaming. This is just a rumor at this point. Qualcomm has not announced anything regarding a new Snapdragon 7 series chipset. The last time we saw the Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2 was in March 2023, so it will most likely be around the same time this year that the new model could debut.

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