Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor today with high technologies and support for Wi-Fi 7. The new processor will appear soon on the latest smartphones in the coming months.
With the Snapdragon 8 processor, Qualcomm has succeeded the first-generation Snapdragon 8 processor that was presented last year, and we have seen its outstanding performance on flagship phones like the Xiaomi 12.
Known officially as the SM8550-AB, this chip was manufactured at a 4nm process and included a number of improvements.
A major improvement in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor
A CPU and a GPU
While Qualcomm has focused on improving battery power efficiency, the new Kryo Triple CPU delivers up to 35% higher performance and 40% higher efficiency than last year’s chip.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor also supports new memory technologies. The processor supports LP-DDR5X RAM at up to 4200MHz (compared to LP-DDR5 at 3200MHz). It is possible to use UFS 4.0 for storage, which is more advanced than UFS 3.1.
It boosts performance by 25% while improving energy efficiency by 45% compared to the previous generation of Adreno graphics processors.
The Snapdragon platform supports “ray accelerators” for the first time, paving the way for game developers to bring ray tracing to Android phones as they have on computers.
Vulkan 1.3 and OpenGL ES 3.2 are supported for the first time on this GPU.
In addition to QHD+ resolutions at 144Hz or 4K at 60Hz, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 can power displays on the device with up to 144Hz or 4K resolutions at 60Hz.
Also supported are external monitors up to 4K at 60Hz (with 10-bit Rec.2020 color gamut, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision).
Additionally, Qualcomm has enabled AV1 video decoding – up to 8K streams are supported at 60 frames per second (with HDR).
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Speed of Internet connection
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 now has the Snapdragon X70 modem. 5G sub-6GHz and mmWave are both supported.
Similar to the first generation, the maximum data download speed is 10Gbps and the maximum data upload speed is 3.5Gbps.
Two 5G (or 5G + 4G) SIM cards can be active at the same time with this modem.
The new FastConnect 78000 platform supports the upcoming Wi-Fi 7 standard (802.11be) for Wi-Fi connectivity. Compared to the previous chip, it is capable of 5.8Gbps (up from 3.6Gbps).
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 improves camera support
Three 36MP (30fps) cameras can be operated simultaneously by the new processor or one camera can be operated at 200ppi. Shutter lag is not present for 108MP sensors.
8K HDR footage can be recorded at 30 frames per second (and 64MP photos can be taken at the same time), 4K at 120 frames per second, and slow-motion videos (720p at 960 frames per second). . It supports several HDR formats including HDR10+, HLG, and Dolby Vision.
Finally, Qualcomm announced in its press release to reveal the new processor the names of the manufacturers that will adopt the new processor in its upcoming phones, namely Xiaomi, Oppo, Honor, Vivo, Motorola, Sony and others, but Samsung was not included in the list.