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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 infuses high-performance AI for upcoming flagship smartphones

Qualcomm continues its momentum in the premium mobile platform with the new announced Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 at Snapdragon Summit 2023. The new chip is touted as a true titan of on-device intelligence, premium-tier performance, and power efficiency.

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The new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will be used on upcoming flagship devices by global OEMs and smartphone brands including ASUS, Honor, iQOO, MEIZU, NIO, Nubia, OnePlus, OPPO, realme, Redmi, RedMagic, Sony, vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE.

“Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 infuses high-performance AI across the entire system to deliver premium- level performance and extraordinary experiences to consumers. This platform unlocks a new era of generative AI enabling users to generate unique content, help with productivity, and other breakthrough use cases.” said Chris Patrick, senior vice president and general manager of mobile handsets, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Each year, we set out to design leading features and technologies that will power our latest Snapdragon 8-series mobile platform and the next generation of flagship Android devices. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 delivers.”

For more information, visit the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 webpage and specification sheet.

Device: Snapdragon 8 Gen 3-Powered Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD)

Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 specs:

  • Process: 4nm, TSMC 
  • System: 10% improved power efficiency*
  • Kryo CPU: 30% performance and 20% power efficiency improvements*
    • 1 x Cortex-X4 @ 3.3GHz
    • 3 x A720 @ 3.2GHz
    • 2 x A720 @ 3.0GHz
    • 2 x A520 @ 2.3GHz 
  • Adreno GPU: 25% performance and 25% power efficiency improvements*
  • AI: 98% improved AI performance and 40% better performance per watt*
    • Capable of supporting up to 10B parameters for Gen AI models
  • Spectra ISP: Supports 8K HDR and features multi-camera real-time semantic segmentation, HDR photo technology from Dolby, and dual always-sensing cameras
  • Gaming: Supports full suite of Snapdragon Elite Gaming features and new hardware accelerated ray tracing with global illumination
  • Connectivity: Snapdragon X75 5G Modem-RF System with 10 Gbps peak download speeds; and Qualcomm FastConnect 7800 Mobile Connectivity System, supporting Wi-Fi 7 with 5.8 Gbps

*Compared to the previous generation, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

QRD specs: 

  • Display: 6.65” FHD(1080×2340 144Hz AMOLED) 
  • Battery: 4192mAh 
  • Memory: 24 GB LPDDR5x at 4.8GHz 
  • Storage: 512 GB UFS 4.0

Expected benchmark results:

BenchmarkVersionMethod Expected Score Range
CPUGeekbench STV6.1Average of 3 iterations2320 – 2329
CPUGeekbench MTV6.1Average of 3 iterations7439 – 7526
SystemAnTuTuV10.0.11Average of 3 iterations2.13M – 2.14M
SystemPCMarkV3.0.4061Average of 3 iteration21125-21628
GraphicsGFXBench Aztec Ruins Vulkan (Normal Tier) Offscreen (1080p) (FPS)v5.0Average of 3 iterations238 -241
GraphicsGFXBench Aztec Ruins Vulkan (High Tier) Offscreen (1440p) (FPS)v5.0Average of 3 iterations93 – 96 fps
GraphicsGFXBench Aztec Ruins OpenGL (High Tier) Offscreen (1440p) (FPS)v5.0Average of 3 iterations82 – 83 fps
Graphics3Dmark WildLife Extreme v2.2.4786Average of 3 iterations32 fps
Graphics3Dmark WildLifev2.2.4786Average of 3 iterations114 – 115 fps
Graphics3Dmark Solar BayV2.3.4867Average of 3 iterations32-33 fps
AIAITutuV3.0Average of 3 iterations1427613-1457097 
AIAIMarkV3.0Average of 3 iterations238479- 240147
AIMLPerfV3.11 iteration
Image Classification4997
Object Detection2441
v2.0 Image segmentation1484
Language Understanding366
Super resolution157
BrowserSpeedometer 2.1 309-311

*Data above was tested in UI Performance Mode

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