May is in the yard and there are already a lot of Android flagships of 2022 on store shelves. If you look closely at their specifications, most of them use the current top-end Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip. Reviewers and ordinary users complain about this SoC due to overheating problems; and hope that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus will heat up less.
So, there is an assumption that the whole point is in the design of the chipset and its optimization by smartphone manufacturers. It is hoped that smartphone manufacturers will pay more attention to adapting the work of Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, because Qualcomm does not intend to change the architecture. According to the well-known insider Digital Chat Station, work is underway on the successor to Snapdragon 8 Gen 1; and the cores in it will be located in three clusters according to the “1 + 3 + 4” scheme. They will offer one super-core of the Cortex X family, three high-performance cores and a quartet of energy-efficient cores.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2: specifications and who will produce it
They promise a new 5G Snapdragon X70 modem with a peak data download speed of 10 Gbps and an updated neural engine to accelerate the execution of operations sharpened by artificial intelligence and machine learning. Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 received the SM8550 model number, and its announcement will take place at the end of this year. The production of the chip was entrusted to the Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC and, presumably, the processor will again be manufactured according to the standards of 4-nanometer technology.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus SoC; which will appear in the new Samsung foldable smartphones, will get a delay before entering the market.
Initially, Qualcomm’s plan was to announce the platform in May, but now there is a delay in dates. The source says the final decision will come out in the second half of the year. These are very vague dates, but the Galaxy Z Flip4 and Fold4 will launch in late August or early September; so Qualcomm’s new product should already be ready by that time.
The timing shift is due to the aggravation of the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic in China. Because of this, factories are closed and the plans of many companies are violated. Recall that the first smartphone with the new Qualcomm SoC should be the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra. Considering that the Edge 30 Pro was the first to get the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1; this looks like a good bet.