At Mobile World Congress, Qualcomm is already pitching the idea of a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, fueling rumors of a very early arrival for the next high-end chip.
Over the past few weeks, rumors have abounded around the idea of a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip arriving sooner than expected to succeed the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 of the OnePlus 11, Xiaomi 13, or Galaxy S23 Ultra.
In the idea, Qualcomm could even dispense with the expected Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 by the end of the year and directly launch its 3rd generation Snapdragon 8 chip.
Snapdragon Satellite for 8 Gen 2 and Gen 3
During a panel discussion dedicated to Snapdragon Satellite technology, much more interesting on paper than Apple’s technology, a Qualcomm representative mentioned the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 several times. The idea is that the technology will first be offered in premium-equipped smartphones with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and Gen 3 before going mainstream to more affordable products.
If we follow Qualcomm’s reasoning, this suggests that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2+ would never see the light of day, in favor of a faster transition to Gen 3. If this were true, the firm could introduce this new chip from the start of the school year to equip end-of-year premium smartphones. A way for Qualcomm to continue to increase performance when the iPhone 15 arrives.
Qualcomm has promised to start shipping the first Snapdragon Satellite smartphones for the month of September. Therefore, we can expect a great end of the year with an increase in the performance of smartphones, but also with very attractive features. Given the new closeness between Samsung and Qualcomm, could the next-generation Galaxy Z Fold and Flip make the leap? It’s too soon to say that.
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