Qualcomm has unveiled its next high-end chipset, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. The new chipset for smartphones is promised to perform AI-specific tasks more efficiently so intelligent image processing will also be faster. According to the American semiconductor manufacturer, its new unit will also get the best performance from 5G networks thanks to the new modem, and it will also support Wi-Fi 7, reports the WhatMobile news.
Hopefully, we now could see a lower Samsung price in Pakistan for a Korean phone featuring gen 1 under the hood. Compared to Gen 1, the new generation semiconductor CPU will feature an Arm Cortex-X3-based primary core running at 3.2 GHz. In addition, there are four 2.8GHz cores and three 2.0GHz cores, which are 200 to 300MHz faster than last year’s hardware. The focus was on speed and energy efficiency, which is why the company promises a 35 percent faster central processing unit (CPU) with 40 percent energy savings. According to the American company, the Adreno graphics controller (GPU) will be 25 percent faster and with 45 percent better energy efficiency.
The chip is manufactured using a 4nm process, just like Gen 1.
According to the semiconductor manufacturer, serious improvements have also been made to the Hexagon processor, thanks to which the speed of the AI processing units can be four times faster. According to Qualcomm, the new chip may also be able to perform complex tasks such as real-time translation. And with the jump from Wi-FI 6, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 became the first set to support Wi-Fi 7.
Photography experience is now much improved
Qualcomm highlighted in its announcement that the Snapdragon Sound platform also enables us to listen to our favorite music with dynamic spatial sound using compatible headphones and earphones. Of course, this is not such a big innovation, because Samsung and Apple’s own sets already have this function even at a lower Samsung A32 price. In addition, the semiconductor manufacturer would also help the player experience: the chipset from now on
supports hardware-based real-time ray tracing to present more realistic light and reflections.
The company’s Spectra image signal processor now includes a cognitive ISP tag that helps the imaging system identify different types of subjects in an image and apply appropriate image tuning. Thus, it helps the camera distinguish between faces, hair, and the sky, thanks to which it can make color adjustments separately when recording the image. Gen 2 naturally supports the new image sensors from Sony and Samsung, which are found in almost all new smartphones.
However, it is a huge oddity that even though Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 supports the recording and playback of 8K videos, the display support is stuck at 4K, so even if we record such a high-quality video, we can watch it on a maximum of other devices.
The list of partners named by Qualcomm can be said to be usual (Motorola, Oppo, ASUS ROG), but Samsung mobiles are strangely left out of the list. However, it is possible that this will only remain the case until the announcement of the Galaxy S23 product line, considering that according to the news, the flagship phones of the South Korean manufacturer will already arrive on store shelves with the new chipset. According to the American manufacturer, its chipset may debut on the smartphone market as early as this year.