Qualcomm has officially introduced the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 mobile processor. The new product is manufactured using 4nm process technology and is designed for flagship smartphones.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 uses a Cortex-X4 based Kryo Prime core with a frequency of 3.3 GHz, five powerful Cortex-A720 cores (three with a frequency of 3.2 GHz, two with a frequency of 3, 0 GHz) and two energy-efficient Cortex-A520 cores with a frequency of 2.3 GHz.
The manufacturer claims that the updated Adreno graphics core in the processor provides 25% higher performance and power efficiency than its predecessor, and ray tracing efficiency is 40% higher.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 claims to support the Unreal Engine 5 game engine and the Lumen Global Illumination feature, real-time ray tracing, as well as Snapdragon Game Super Resolution image scaling technology, which allows you to scale the image to 8K resolution. In addition, the chip has AV1 format encoding and decoding capabilities.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor is used in smartphones with screen resolutions up to QHD+ and a refresh rate of 144 Hz, and supports the connection of external displays with a resolution of up to 8K and a refresh rate of 30 Hz or up to 1080p and a refresh rate of 240 Hz. It also claims to support panels with 10-bit color depth, dynamic refresh rate (VRR) from 1 to 240 Hz, and support for HDR10, HDR10+, HDR Vivid, and Dolby Vision.
The manufacturer paid particular attention to expanding the AI capabilities of the new platform. Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 uses a new AI coprocessor NPU (Neural Processing Unit) Hexagon, which provides a 98% increase in speed and a 40% increase in energy efficiency in tasks related to the operation of AI algorithms compared to its predecessor. The new NPU supports multimodal generative AI models with 10 billion parameters, including popular Large Language Models (LLM) and Computer Vision Models (LVM), as well as automatic speech recognition (ASR) based on transformational neural networks. According to Qualcomm, the NPU with meta models can process more than 20 tokens per second✴ Llama2/Baichuan LLM, and when working with the Stable Diffusion model, it takes 1 second to complete the process of generating images.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is also said to have a triple cognitive 18-bit Qualcomm Spectra specialized ISP that supports various AI features for video and image editing and improves recording quality. These include: Arcsoft’s Video Object Eraser for removing people and objects from videos; Zoom Anyplace from Samsung, which allows you to photograph moving objects at 4x magnification without sacrificing quality; HDR photo from Dolby; improved bokeh effects; Vlogger view to record videos from the front and back cameras of the device and other devices at the same time. Configurations of up to three 36 megapixel cameras or 36+64 megapixel cameras as well as a camera with a resolution of up to 200 megapixels are supported.
The chip also received a built-in Snapdragon X75 5G modem with a Qualcomm FastConnect 7800 module with support for Wi-Fi 7 (5.8 Gbps), Bluetooth 5.4 and Bluetooth LE Audio.
Qualcomm notes that it plans to release Snapdragon 8 Gen 3-based devices from ASUS, Honor, iQOO, MEIZU, NIO, Nubia, OnePlus, OPPO, realme, Redmi, RedMagic, Sony, vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE. The first new products will be announced in the coming weeks.