Please wait: Qualcomm confirms first super feature for Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 phones is coming in late 2024
Things are always going to get faster and better the next year, so in that regard, waiting is obviously bad advice in the tech field. However, there are milestones from time to time, and if you are aware of them in advance - and officially so - you might be able to adjust your upgrade cycle accordingly. Announced during the Snapdragon Summit, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 also offers significantly more performance at a higher efficiency than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, especially in the GPU and NPU areas, that is, graphics and AI. But in terms of pure computing power, the following generation, i.e. the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, which will probably launch at the end of 2024, promises to be a bit more exciting.
Oryon cores are coming at the end of 2024 in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4
Qualcomm first officially announced at the Snapdragon Summit that the Oryon cores debuting in the Snapdragon X Elite would be brought to the mobile segment in 2024, which would most likely be in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4. It should then be used in flagships like the Xiaomi 15 or the Samsung Galaxy S25 Ultra in 2025 and boost the performance/efficiency ratio in particular.
Naturally, the performance of a presumably slimmed-down mobile CPU cannot be directly inferred from that of the 12-core computing monster from the PC sector that has a TDP of up to 80 watts, but the already promised single-core CPU performance compared to the Apple M2 should be enough to also catapult smartphones into a whole new dimension in 2025, especially since Qualcomm still has one year to optimize the Oryon cores for even lower power consumption. One thing is for sure: Waiting could be worthwhile, especially for performance fans.