Qualcomm announced that it will host the Snapdragon Tech Summit from November 30 to December 2. It is expected that a new generation of high-end SoC will be released, that is, the Snapdragon 898, which is rumored to be developed and code-named SM8450, will be the core of the flagship models of major Android smartphone manufacturers next year.
It is understood that this SoC will use the core of the Armv9 architecture, which are a Kryo 780 Prime (Cortex-X2), three Kryo 780 Gold (Cortex-A710), and four Kryo 780 Silver (Cortex-A510), two of the small cores will run at a higher frequency, and the other two cores will run at a lower frequency. Its GPU is Adreno 730, VPU and DPU are Adreno 665 and Adreno 1195, respectively, to further improve machine learning capabilities and enhance security. At the same time, it is equipped with the Snapdragon X65 5G baseband, which provides a data transmission speed of up to 10Gbps, which is higher than the 7.5Gbps of the Snapdragon X60.
In addition, there is news that the configured Cortex-X2 super core frequency will reach 3.09 GHz, and smartphones equipped with this SoC can also support 100W fast charging. According to the previously leaked benchmark results, the Snapdragon 898 has improved in single-core and multi-core performance. If the Apple A14 Bionic is used as the comparison object, there is not much difference in multi-core performance, but there is a certain gap in single-core performance. It is expected that Qualcomm will also launch a new AI unit that will adjust the frequency more intelligently to extend battery life.
Unlike the Snapdragon 888, this time the Snapdragon 898 will be manufactured using Samsung’s 4nm process. It is rumored that Qualcomm is likely to get TSMC’s (TSMC) 4nm process capacity in the second half of 2022, and will release a so-called Plus chip at that time, converting the foundry from Samsung to TSMC. This situation may be a bit similar to the relationship between Snapdragon 780 and Snapdragon 778. The two products use different foundries and have similar performance but maybe slightly different.