Qualcomm confirms Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 processor will debut this October

During the MWC 2024, Qualcomm’s Chief Marketing Officer Don McGuire unveiled in a brief video presentation that this year’s Snapdragon Tech Summit is scheduled to commence in October, concurrently confirming the debut of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 processor, which will be equipped with Qualcomm’s novel proprietary Oryon CPU architecture.

Indeed, at last year’s Snapdragon Tech Summit 2023, Qualcomm had already disclosed the next flagship processor’s name as Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, intending to transition to the Oryon CPU design, thereby expecting to achieve superior computational performance.

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However, Qualcomm’s Vice President and General Manager of Mobile Handheld Business, Chris Patrick, had mentioned in earlier engagements with media and analysts that the new processor’s adoption of a novel architecture might lead to increased production costs, potentially resulting in higher retail prices for new smartphone models.

Qualcomm believes that despite the rise in production costs, the new processor’s enhancements in computing performance, artificial intelligence execution efficiency, and the reinforced integration of wireless network connectivity capabilities will drive more application benefits.

Following the significant abatement of the COVID-19 pandemic, Qualcomm has resumed hosting the Snapdragon Tech Summit as a physical event, gradually advancing its scheduling, even moving it to late October last year. This adjustment allows more partners to launch mobile products featuring the flagship processor before the year’s end, exemplified by Xiaomi, which unveiled its Xiaomi 14 series in China the day after Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor.