Qualcomm, the leading manufacturer of smartphone processors, is set to launch its next-generation flagship chip, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, later this year. The new chip is expected to significantly boost performance, efficiency, and graphics, making it a strong competitor to Apple’s M3 chip, which powers the latest MacBook Pro models.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will feature Qualcomm’s Oryon CPU cores, which will replace the Cortex cores the company has been using from Arm Holdings. The chip will also have a new codename, “Sun”, and will be fabricated by TSMC using its advanced 3nm process node.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 has already shown impressive results in benchmark tests, according to a report by Wccftech. The chip scored 2845 in single-core and 10628 in multi-core tests on Geekbench 6, which are close to the scores of the Apple M3 chip, which scored 3071 and 10762 respectively. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 also achieved a high score of 3,133,570 on AnTuTu, a popular benchmarking app that measures the overall performance of a device.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is also expected to offer a superior gaming experience, as it was able to run Genshin Impact, a popular and demanding mobile game, for 45 minutes at a 1080p resolution and 60fps, without any lag or stutter.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will likely power the upcoming Galaxy S25 Ultra, as well as other flagship Android phones from various manufacturers. The chip will also compete with MediaTek’s Dimensity 9400, which is expected to launch later this year and will feature three prime Cortex-X5 and five Cortex performance cores.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is a testament to Qualcomm’s innovation and leadership in the smartphone processor market and will offer consumers a choice of high-end devices that can rival the performance of Apple’s M3 chip.