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Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC launched with generative AI features, Wi-Fi 7 and support for 240 FPS gaming


Qualcomm announced its latest flagship mobile platform, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, at the Snapdragon Summit on Tuesday. The successor to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC promises to bring a host of new upgrades and claims to be the first mobile platform focused on generative AI. The SoC’s AI engine supports multi-modal generative AI models, including popular extended language models (LLM). The Qualcomm Hexagon NPU promises 98% faster performance and 40% more efficiency. It also promises 240fps gaming on supported displays, with ray-traced global illumination. The Qualcomm Adreno GPU is said to be 25% faster and more efficient than that of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC. The 5G-ready chip supports Wi-Fi 7 and dual Bluetooth.

Availability of Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3

According to Qualcomm, flagship Android devices powered by its latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC should be available in the coming weeks. The chip will be adopted for flagship devices from global OEMs and smartphone brands, including ASUS, Honor, iQOO, MEIZU, NIO, Nubia, OnePlus, OPPO, realme, Redmi, RedMagic, Sony, Vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Features

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC comes with the Qualcomm AI Engine, featuring an improved hex process claimed to be 98% faster and 40% more efficient. The chip brings generative AI capabilities, promising the world’s fastest stable streaming for image generation. The chip is based on 4nm process technology, with the Qualcomm Kryo processor delivering up to 3.3 GHz at 30% faster and 20% more efficient rates. The processor comes with five performance cores, up to 3.2 GHz, and two efficiency cores, up to 2.3 GHz.

The chip also promises high-end gaming performance, with hardware-accelerated ray tracing with global illumination. The chip promises 240fps gaming on supported displays, with the Qualcomm Adreno GPU claimed to be 25% faster and more efficient.

The new chip also promises many new AI-powered camera features. The chip comes with an Arcsoft Video Object Eraser that removes unwanted items and people from a video. It also gets new zoom capabilities, powered by Samsung’s 200-megapixel image sensor optimized for Snapdragon, enabling multiple video capture, object tracking, and 2X and 4X zoom. It supports Dolby HDR and offers Photo Expansion, which fills photos using AI.

For connectivity, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 brings the Qualcomm FastConnect 7800 system, the same as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, with support for Wi-Fi 7 802.11be, 802.11ax, 802.11ac, 802.11a/b/g/ n and Bluetooth 5.4. The latest chip is equipped with the Snapdragon X75 5G Modem-RF system. The mobile platform is expected to feature the world’s first 5G modem with an integrated AI tensor hardware accelerator.

The chip also supports 24-bit lossless music at 96 kHz via Bluetooth, USB version 3.1 Gen 2, USB Type-C, and UFS 4.0 storage.


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