Rumor | Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 to focus on efficiency over performance
Qualcomm will unveil its next flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, in November. Much has been said about the potential performance capabilities of the next-gen flagship SoC, and a new leak now claims the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1's successor will be focused on efficiency.
According to word on the grapevine, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will be designed by the same team behind the Snapdragon 835. Supposedly, the focus this time out will be on efficiency, perhaps at the expense of raw performance. Back in 2016 when the Snapdragon 835 was launched, it was widely regarded as being about 25% more efficient than the Snapdragon 820, mostly thanks to a switch from a 14 nm node to a 10 nm one.
That doesn't sound particularly impressive, though, especially as the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 managed to claw out a promised 30% improved efficiency versus the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 simply down to a move to TSMC's process. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, as with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 and likely the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, will be built by TSMC, and it'll be interesting to see how Qualcomm manages to deliver significant efficiency improvements without a qualitative leap in nodes.