Qualcomm’s next-generation flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, is expected to power some of the best Android phones of 2024. The chip, rumored to feature Qualcomm’s custom Nuvia cores and a 3nm process, could offer a significant performance boost over the current Snapdragon 8 Gen 3.
According to a new report from Digital Chat Station, a reliable tipster on Weibo and Twitter, the first Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 flagship phone is already in mass production and could be launched by September this year. The tipster did not reveal the name of the phone maker or the model but speculated that it could be from a Chinese brand.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is said to have a 2+6 core configuration, with two Nuvia Phoenix I cores clocked at up to 4.0 GHz and six Nuvia Phoenix M cores clocked at up to 2.5 GHz. The chip is also expected to feature a faster Adreno 830 GPU, which could rival Apple’s M3 graphics.
The tipster also shared some early benchmarks of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, which show impressive results. The chip scored 2,845 and 10,628 points in Geekbench 6 single-core and multi-core tests, respectively, outperforming the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 by around 40%. The chip also scored over 1.2 million points in Antutu, a popular synthetic benchmark app.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will likely face stiff competition from MediaTek’s upcoming Dimensity 9400, which is also rumored to be based on a 3nm process and feature ARM’s Cortex-X2 and Cortex-A710 cores. The Dimensity 9400 is said to score 2,776 and 11,739 points in Geekbench 6 single-core and multi-core tests, respectively, slightly edging out the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4.
Qualcomm has not officially announced the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 yet, but it is expected to do so in the second half of 2024. The chip will likely power the next generation of flagship phones from Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, and other major Android OEMs.