Qualcomm, the leading manufacturer of mobile processors, is reportedly working on a new flagship chipset that will feature its own custom CPU cores, codenamed Phoenix. According to a tipster on Weibo, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will have two high-performance Phoenix cores that can reach up to 4.00GHz, a significant boost over the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3’s 3.30GHz limit.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is expected to be fabricated on TSMC’s advanced 3nm process, which will offer improved power efficiency and performance compared to the 4nm process used for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. The new chipset will also ditch the ARM-designed efficiency cores and adopt a 2+6 CPU configuration, similar to MediaTek’s Dimensity 9300. This change could result in higher multi-core performance but at the cost of higher power consumption.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will also sport a new GPU, the Adreno 830, which is rumored to be faster than Apple’s A17 Pro. The new GPU will support ray tracing, variable rate shading, and other advanced graphics features that will enhance the gaming and multimedia experience on mobile devices.
Qualcomm has not officially announced the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 yet, but it is likely to debut in late 2024 or early 2025, powering the next generation of flagship smartphones from Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi, and other brands. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will face stiff competition from Apple’s A17 Pro and M3 chips, as well as Samsung’s Exynos 2500 and MediaTek’s Dimensity 9400. It remains to be seen how Qualcomm’s custom Phoenix cores will fare against these rivals, and whether they can deliver on the promise of breaking the 4GHz barrier.