By May, many new-season flagship Android smartphones had already appeared on the global market, most of them using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip. Rumor has it that an improved version of this chip, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus, will be released soon. Meanwhile, information about the next-gen model, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, has surfaced on the web.
According to the well-known accurate forecasts of the informant Digital Chat Station, work is already underway on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. The CPU cores of the new chip are distributed over three clusters according to the “1 + 3 + 4” scheme. The Cortex X family super core will be the main core, accompanied by three high-performance cores and four energy-efficient cores.
The model is expected to get a new X70 5G modem with a maximum download speed of up to 10Gbps and an updated neural processing unit (NPU) to perform AI and machine learning operations more efficiently. Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 was codenamed SM8550. According to the source, the production of the mobile platform will be entrusted to the Taiwanese manufacturer TSMC. It is expected to be manufactured using the 4 nm process.
In addition, the release of the not yet released Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus is reported to be delayed. Qualcomm had previously planned to introduce the chipset in May, but the final decision is expected to be made in the second half of the year. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Fold 4 are expected to be built on the new platform and will go on sale in August or early September, by which time the product should be ready for commercial use.
The postponement is rumored to be related to an outbreak of COVID-19 infection in China – closing factories went against many companies’ plans.