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The next wave of flagships with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 could arrive in November

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The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 was a disappointment, but that was probably due to Samsung’s 4nm manufacturing process. While the possibility has been raised that Arm’s design might be somewhat responsible, the TSMC-made Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 is proof that Qualcomm made the right decision by moving to a new foundry. The company is now working on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which could arrive much earlier than expected.

Qualcomm can shake things up with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Instead of sticking to the one large core, three medium cores and four power-efficient cores, the chipmaker can opt for a configuration with one Cortex-X3 core, two Cortex- cores. -A720 cores, two A710 cores and three A510 cores.

There was a theory that while this might not be the best approach from an efficiency standpoint, it would help the next generation of Android phones support older apps.

A new tweet from leaker Ice Universe has proven that theory wrong — at least in part. According to the leaker, Qualcomm is hard at work on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and it will be a very impressive SoC with great energy efficiency.

The tipster also says that Android vendors are already preparing phones with the new chip and it’s possible that in November we’ll see the first handset with Qualcomm’s next flagship chip underneath.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 was announced on November 29, 2022, but the first phone to be powered by it was not released until the end of December, that too in China only.

Most of the other details — other than the chip may have the Adreno 740 GPU — are still sparse, but we’re interested in what Qualcomm is cooking up. Apple’s A Bionic chip and Google’s Tensor chip both don’t use a conventional cluster layout, and phones powered by them are among the best there is. Even Samsung is reportedly considering a new approach, but the next Exynos chip is not expected anytime soon.

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