The third-generation Snapdragon 8 mobile platform leaks
Qualcomm unveiled the second generation Snapdragon 8 mobile platform at the Snapdragon Technology Summit in November 2022. The company stated that the new Kryo CPU improves performance by 35% and energy efficiency by 40%. Compared to the first-generation Snapdragon 8 mobile platform and the Snapdragon 888 5G mobile platform, the second-generation Snapdragon 8 mobile platform has made significant improvements in both performance and power consumption. Recently, some information about the third-generation Snapdragon 8 mobile platform was leaked by Twitter user @RGcloudS.
The second generation Snapdragon 8 mobile platform adopts a “1+2+2+3” quad-cluster architecture, equipped with one Cortex-X3 @ 3.2GHz, two Cortex-A715 @ 2.8GHz, two Cortex-A710 @ 2.8GHz, and three Cortex-A510 @ 2GHz. The reason for using a combination of the Cortex-A715 core and the Cortex-A710 core is that the Cortex-A715 core no longer supports 32-bit applications, while the Cortex-A710 core still supports 32-bit applications.
According to @RGcloudS, the third-generation Snapdragon 8 mobile platform will most likely abandon support for 32-bit applications and upgrade both Cortex-A710 cores to Cortex-A715. The performance core may also be upgraded to Cortex-A515. That is to say, the third-generation Snapdragon 8 mobile platform may adopt a “1+4+3” tri-cluster architecture, with one Cortex-X4 core, four Cortex-A715 cores, and three Cortex-A515 cores. The frequency of the Cortex-X4 core can reach 3.7GHz, with an increase of nearly 16%. The netizen stated that this frequency is likely to exceed that of the A17 Bionic processor.
In terms of process technology, the third generation Snapdragon 8 mobile platform may still use TSMC’s N4P process technology, while the subsequent release of the third generation Snapdragon 8+ mobile platform may use 3nm process technology. The netizen also stated that the fourth generation Snapdragon 8 mobile platform will be launched in 2024 and will upgrade the architecture of all cores.