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Qualcomm Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 chipset announced with Honor, iQOO, Realme, Redmi and Xiaomi budget flagship smartphones teased

The Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 should be available in devices that retail for between $500 and $800. (Image source: Qualcomm)
The Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 should be available in devices that retail for between $500 and $800. (Image source: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm has revealed the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3, a newer but less powerful alternative to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. Not only has Qualcomm confirmed key performance differences between the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 and Snapdragon 8s Gen 3, but has it also confirmed from when Honor, iQOO, Realme, Redmi and Xiaomi smartphones should be arriving.

Qualcomm has introduced yet another Snapdragon 8 series chipset, less than six months after presenting the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. In previous years Qualcomm has tended to release overclocked mid-generation refreshes like the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1. This year however, the company has decided to introduce a trimmed down version of its current flagship offering called the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3.

For reference, the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 carries the part number SM8635, compared to SM8550-AB and SM8650-AB for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, respectively. As their part numbers suggest, the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 inherits many Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 features, including its a 4 nm TSMC manufacturing process. With that being said, Qualcomm bills the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 as sitting below the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in its product stack, mirroring last September's Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 announcement.

According to Qualcomm, it has developed the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 to allow the creation of $500-$800 flagships. Additionally, Qualcomm states that Honor, iQOO, Realme and Xiaomi will begin unveiling Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 devices later this month, adding that the latter has developed Redmi and Xiaomi-branded products. Unfortunately, Qualcomm elected against revealing any product names, nor have any of its OEM partners yet. Please see our table below for an overview of how the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 stacks up against the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3

(Image source: Qualcomm)
(Image source: Qualcomm)
(Image source: Qualcomm)
(Image source: Qualcomm)
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Snapdragon 8s Gen 3
CPU 1x Cortex-X4 prime core - 3.4 GHz
3x Cortex-A720 performance cores - 3.2 GHz
2x Cortex-A720 performance cores - 3.0 GHz
2x Cortex-A520 efficiency cores - 2.3 GHz
1x Cortex-X4 prime core - 3 GHz
4x Cortex-A720 performance cores - 2.8 GHz
3x Cortex-A520 efficiency cores - 2 GHz
GPU Adreno 750 Adreno 735
Gaming Hardware ray tracing and Unreal Engine 5 support
8K upscaling
-
Connectivity Snapdragon X75 5G modem
10 Gbps peak download speed
3GPP 17 and 18 releases
Snapdragon X70 5G modem (Snapdragon 8 Gen 2)
5 Gbps peak download speed
3GPP 17 release
Cameras Maximum 8K HDR videos and 64 MP photos
4K video at 120 FPS
Slow motion records at 720p and 960 FPS
Night vision video with RAW AI noise reduction in 4K/60 FPS
Computational HDR video: Up to 4 exposures
Truepic Photo Capture with C2Pa-compliant CA
Dolby HDR Photo
Vlogger's View
Arcsoft video object eraser
Maximum 4K HDR videos and 64 MP photos
4K videos at 60 FPS
Slow motion videos at 1080p and 240 FPS
Audio Snapdragon Sound with Expanded Personal Area Network Technology (XPAN) Snapdragon Sound, no XPAN
Memory UFS 4.0 storage
LPDDR5x-4800 RAM
UFS 4.0 storage
LPDDR5x-4200 RAM
Sensors Dual Always Sensing ISP -
GenAI Fastest stable diffusion image generation Stable diffusion image generation
Security Secure Processing Unit (SPU) -

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Alex Alderson, 2024-03-18 (Update: 2024-05-15)