Qualcomm, the leading manufacturer of smartphone processors, is reportedly working on a new chip that could be a lighter version of its flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. The chip, codenamed SM8635, has surfaced in rumors with impressive specifications and performance benchmarks.
According to Digital Chat Station, a reliable source for leaks, the SM8635 has a 2.9GHz ARM Cortex X4 core and an Adreno 735 GPU. The chip also has an AnTuTu score of over 1.7 million, which is higher than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. This suggests that the SM8635 could be a lite version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, which is the most powerful processor in the Snapdragon 8 series.
However, the official name and position of the SM8635 within the Snapdragon lineup are still unclear. Roland Quandt, another leaker, recently revealed that Qualcomm has two similar chips in development — the SM8635 and the SM7675. The SM7675 is said to be the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3, the most powerful chipset in the Snapdragon 7 series. It is not known how the SM8635 and the SM7675 differ from each other.
Despite the ambiguity, several smartphone models are rumored to use the SM8635 as their processor. These include the Poco F6, the Redmi Note 13 Turbo, and an upcoming iQOO Neo-series phone. These devices could offer high-end performance at a lower cost, thanks to the SM8635.
Qualcomm has not confirmed or denied the existence of the SM8635 or its official name. The company is also expected to launch the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, the next flagship processor, later this year. As the tech community awaits more details, the SM8635 remains a mystery and a curiosity for smartphone enthusiasts.