Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 performance in detail
Before Xiaomi’s imminent unveiling of the Mi 14 series, featuring the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, on October 26th, Qualcomm preemptively disclosed performance test results for their QRD (Qualcomm Reference Design) embedded with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor.
This QRD model, in addition to incorporating the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, is further complemented by a 6.65-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ (1080×2340) resolution and support of a 144Hz refresh rate. It boasts a robust 24GB LPDDR5x RAM operating at 4.8GHz and a spacious 512GB UFS 4.0 storage component, all powered by a 4192mAh battery.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, fabricated using TSMC’s 4nm process, is architecturally unique: it features a primary Cortex-X4 CPU clocked at 3.3GHz, three Cortex-A720 CPUs at 3.2GHz, two more Cortex-A720 CPUs at 3.0GHz, and a duo of Cortex-A520 CPUs operating at 2.3GHz. This intricate “1+3+2+2” core configuration delivers a performance boost of 30% compared to its predecessor, with energy efficiency elevated by 20%.
Furthermore, Qualcomm has affirmed that its subsequent generation of Snapdragon mobile computing platforms will pivot to the fully indigenous Oryon CPU architecture, making the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 the swan song of processors bearing the semi-customized Arm core and Kryo CPU designs.
As for the new Adreno GPU, it enjoys a performance surge of 25% over its antecedent, while its power consumption has been refined and reduced by 25%. Paired with the latest Snapdragon AI Engine, the artificial intelligence computational prowess has skyrocketed by 98%. Per watt computational efficacy has escalated by 40%, and it can handle a staggering 10 billion artificial intelligence model parameters on-device, facilitating a plethora of device-side generative AI capabilities.
Additional features encompass the Snapdragon X75 5G modem, capable of peak download speeds up to 10Gbps, and the FastConnect 7800 wireless system supporting Wi-Fi 7 and a blistering 5.8Gbps download speed. The camera capabilities are equally remarkable: supporting a single lens configuration of up to 200 megapixels, 8K HDR video recording, real-time semantic segmentation with multi-lens, persistent dual-lens shooting, and Dolby HDR imaging capabilities.
On the gaming front, the revamped Snapdragon Elite Gaming offers support for hardware-level global illumination and real-time ray tracing acceleration in the Unreal Engine.