January 30, 2023

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is right around the corner, and a well-known tipster just shared more information about the chip. Ice Universe claims that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is coming with “greatly improved” GPU, NPU, and ISP.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will deliver “greatly improved” GPU, NPU & ISP

He also wrote that TSMC will make this processor, and that it will be a 4nm chip. As a reminder, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and 8+ Gen 1 are both also 4nm chips.

Based on the information from the tipster, Qualcomm will actually move to a four-cluster architecture. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 features a tri-cluster setup.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is set to utilize three Cortex-A510 cores clocked at 2.0GHz. Two Cortex-A710 cores will also be utilized and set at 2.8GHz. Two Cortex-A715 cores will be set at 2.8GHz as well, and one Cortex-X3 core will be used and clocked at 3.2GHz.

The Cortex-X3 core will bring IPC increase to the table

The Cortex-X3 core is expected to offer up to an 11-percent IPC increase over the previous one, the Cortex-X2. That is, pretty much, everything that the tipster said. Well, in addition to confirming the SM8550 model number for the chip.

He did mention that the GPU, NPU, and ISP will be vastly improved, but he did not reveal the details of those improvements. It’s possible he’ll be back with more info, or we’ll have to wait until the launch.

The competition between chip makers will be interesting to observe in 2023. MediaTek already released the Dimensity 9000+ chip with the Cortex-X2 core in use. The Dimensity 9100 is already in the works as well.

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With considerable improvement in the GPU, NPU, and ISP, plus the Cortex-X2 core, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 could bring a significant improvement to the table. The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is an excellent chip, and an unexpectedly considerable improvement over the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

Qualcomm has been making excellent chips for years, and the hopes are high for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.