Qualcomm’s “Snapdragon 8s Gen 3” cuts down the corporate’s flagship SoC

Qualcomm’s “Snapdragon 8s Gen 3” cuts down the corporate’s flagship SoC
Qualcomm’s “Snapdragon 8s Gen 3” cuts down the corporate’s flagship SoC
The promo image for Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 chip.
Enlarge / The promo picture for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 chip.


Qualcomm’s latest smartphone SoC is the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3. Years of iPhone “S” upgrades would possibly lead you to imagine this was a mid-cycle refresh to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, however Qualcomm says the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 is a “specifically curated” model of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. Meaning it is a barely slower, cheaper chip than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, which remains to be Qualcomm’s finest smartphone chip.

The older, higher Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 has a core structure of 1 3.3 GHz “Prime” Arm Cortex X4 core, 5 “medium” A720 cores (three at 3.2 GHz, two at 2.0 GHz), and two “small” 2.3 GHz A520 cores for background processing. This new “S” chip swaps a medium core for a small one, for a 1+4+3 configuration as an alternative of 1+5+2. All the pieces is clocked decrease, too: 3 GHz for the Prime core, 2.8 GHz for all of the medium cores, and a pair of GHz for the small cores.

The modem is downgraded to an X70 as an alternative of the X75 within the 8 Gen 3 chip. That theoretically means a decrease max obtain velocity (5Gbps as an alternative of 10) however since you’ll really have to be granted these speeds by your service, It isn’t clear anybody would ever discover this. It additionally sounds just like the X70 is extra power-hungry, because it solely has “Qualcomm 5G PowerSave Gen 3” as an alternative of “Qualcomm 5G PowerSave Gen 4” on the flagship chip. We do not suppose Qualcomm has ever given a technical clarification of what this implies, although. The SoC remains to be 4nm, similar to the 8 Gen 3. Video maxes out at 4K now as an alternative of 8K.

Qualcomm says “Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 can be adopted by main OEMs together with Honor, iQOO, realme, Redmi and Xiaomi, with industrial gadgets anticipated to be introduced within the coming months.” That ought to inform you the place this chip is headed: the “finances flagship” telephones which can be common with Chinese language OEMs.