Qualcomm introduces Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 SoC

In October last year, Qualcomm announced the flagship computing platform Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, and, unsurprisingly, ahead of this year’s annual technology conference, it has unveiled an upgraded computing platform, Snapdragon 8s Gen 3. Xiaomi is set to be the first to launch a device equipped with Snapdragon 8s Gen 3, with other smartphone brands including iQOO and realme also poised to release devices featuring this computing platform.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8s Gen 3

The Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 platform, capable of supporting artificial intelligence model parameters on the scale of 10 billion and boasting faster computational efficiency, was revealed, with Xiaomi continuing to be the first smartphone brand to adopt this computing platform.

Compared to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, which already supports computation scales of 1.3 and 2 billion parameters, the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 further elevates the parameter computation scale to 10 billion. This enhancement signifies the capability to accommodate more substantial artificial intelligence models on devices such as smartphones, thereby enabling the use of automatically generated artificial intelligence-driven virtual assistant services, as well as a wider variety of image and video generation tools. Additionally, it allows for the camera function to process more detailed information through artificial intelligence technology, such as significantly improving the brightness enhancement effects in low-light environments.

In the gaming and multimedia segment, the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 further enhances the performance of AAA-level games and augments the visual experience through hardware-processed real-time ray tracing capabilities. The sound processing performance is also significantly improved through Snapdragon Sound technology. Moreover, in terms of network connectivity, it integrates the Snapdragon X70 5G modem and the Qualcomm FastConnect 7800 system, thereby supporting faster 5G and Wi-Fi 7 connections. Other aspects are enhanced through the Snapdragon Seamless Experience, improving the connectivity experience of various wireless devices, with Snapdragon Secure ensuring the security of device data.

Overall, Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 essentially represents an overclocked operational design of Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, with further enhancements to artificial intelligence computational capabilities, and support for new artificial intelligence models, such as Baichuan-7B, Llama 2, and Gemini Nano.

The difference between Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 in terms of artificial intelligence computation lies in the performance and speed of image and text generation, such as Fast Stable Diffusion and Speculative Decoding, with Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 achieving higher performance in these areas, which are not supported by Snapdragon 8 Gen 3.

With the launch of the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3, Qualcomm continues the approach of its previous high-end flagship processors, maintaining the market presence of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, as well as the earlier Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, offering brands a broader selection of choices for high-end flagship smartphone products.