There is considerable excitement surrounding the release of Qualcomm’s future chip as apparent leaks have started to surface regarding the changes being made to this future SoC. These leaks come from a known Chinese Weibo leaker, Digital Chat Station, whose recent post speculates that Qualcomm may use its internally developed Nuvia CPU for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4. If this proves to be true, then this will be the first SoC to use Nuvia technology for its CPU.
Allegedly, the new chip has been given a model number SM8750 and will reportedly opt for a dual 2+6 setup. Qualcomm acquired the chip startup Nuvia back in 2021 as a way to lower its dependence on ARM for CPUs for its Snapdragon chips. The President and CEO of Qualcomm at that time saw this acquisition as a way to deliver a new class of products and experiences as the world enters the 5G era. If these rumors prove to be true, then the SD 8 Gen 4 could herald these new experiences.
Currently, the latest chip, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, uses a Krypto CPU, which improves a phone’s performance and battery efficiency by 35% and 40%, respectively. The company’s late 2022 release also included one prime core, along with four performance cores and three efficiency cores. Suppose the new rumors prove to be true. In that case, Qualcomm is looking to do away with a single prime core and choose to have more performance and efficiency cores with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4.
This leak comes quite early as Qualcomm has not even released its Gen 3 chip, and the Gen 4 is not expected to come anytime before late 2024. Therefore, it is likely that it will go through a lot of changes before it is set to be released.
Additionally, Qualcomm will likely use the new cores in the PC chips first, so users will probably see them in action with the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4. In the immediate future, rumors surrounding the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 have increased. This chip is expected to release later in 2023 and will show support for 64-bit-only smartphones, and its new cores will apparently drop support for 32-bit.
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