Qualcomm was working on a whole new way to structure its chips for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. The switch from 1+3+4 to 1+2+2+3 would be coming soon.
For many years, almost all high-end smartphones have been equipped with Qualcomm with its Snapdragon. The firm also unveiled its new high-end chip a few weeks ago, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and, immediately, many brands announced their intention to equip their precious creations with it.
That’s why when a major change leaks about upcoming Qualcomm chips, you’d expect most next year’s premium phones to be affected. We learn today through the leaker Digital Chat Station (via Weibo) that the next Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (codename Kailua) could be quite different from industry habits.
Shake up habits
It would be a chip engraved in 4 nm by TSMC, which does not seem like much, but the Taiwanese manufacturer is reputed to be more efficient than Samsung for the manufacture of chips.
But what is frankly surprising is the possible architecture of its processor. Qualcomm would have decided on a structure comprising four different types of hearts, where most modern chips generally integrate three. It will move from a traditional 1+3+4 structure to something completely new, 1+2+2+3.
In detail, the Qualcomm chip would therefore have a very efficient A73 core, two A720 cores, two other A710s and three A510s. GSM Arena recalls that the A73 and A720 expect a jump in performance of 30%. In addition, the GPU would be called Adreno 740. We still do not know its advantage over the Adreno 730.
What would this new structure bring?
Would this new 1+2+2+3 structure allow Qualcomm to solve the heating problems observed on its previous chip? It is still early to tell. Sparrowsnews evokes a possible gain in flexibility of the chip, which would adapt better to various scenarios. But such a structure could also bring more complexity in the distribution of tasks to the different cores.
To get to the bottom of it (do you have it?), you will probably have to wait for the announcement of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, scheduled for the end of November 2022.
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