Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 8 Gen 3

Qualcomm announced a new phone chip — the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 — at its Snapdragon Summit on Tuesday, 24 October 2023.

The SoC will likely feature in most flagship Android devices in 2024 and boasts performance improvements of around 30% compared to its predecessor.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 has a 1:5:2 core arrangement, with one large “Prime” core, five medium “Performance” cores, and two small “Efficiency” cores.

While the company specified that the large core is a 3.3GHz Arm Cortex X4, it didn’t confirm any of the other CPU core model numbers.

Three of the five medium cores run at 3.2GHz, with the remaining two running at 3.0GHz. Both efficiency cores run at 2.3GHz.

Built on a 4nm process, Qualcomm says the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3’s CPU is 30% faster and 20% more efficient.

At the same time, GPU performance is said to be 25% faster and 25% more efficient. However, Qualcomm hasn’t provided further details or specified a model number for the Adreno GPU.

Qualcomm took the launch as an opportunity to talk about and punt its push into AI features, including running text and image generation directly on the Snapdragon 3 Gen 1 instead of using cloud services for these tasks.

It can run models like Llama 2 and Stable Diffusion on-device, significantly speeding up responses and output.

“LLM models can run up to 20 tokens/sec — one of the fastest in the smartphone industry, and with stable diffusion, generate an image at a fraction of a second,” says Qualcomm.

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