If the usual annual upgrade cycle persists, it''s nearly time for Qualcomm to unleash its next flagship mobile chipset that will invariably power the best Android phones of 2023.
The Weibo leaker Digital Chat Station has revealed some speculation about what Qualcomm''s latest and greatest will look like. The post (opens in a new tab) is in Chinese and appears to be that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset might have a higher frequency version capable of reaching speeds of 3.4 to 3.5GHz. The current Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 is in at 3.2GHz.
The report hints at significant GPU improvements and suggests that the processor might surpass the iPhone 14 Pro''s visual performance and its A16 Bionic chipset.
While Qualcomm has struggled to maintain the benchmark stakes in recent years, it''s a remarkable claim. Both the iPhone 14 Pro and the regular iPhone 14 with its older chipset have comfortably beat the top Android performers in CPU and GPU performance.
It''s not exactly an equal playing field, but it has the enormous advantage of producing both the operating system and the chips itself, thus that performance and efficiency can be improved without the stress of collaborating with others.
Samsung has agreed to collaborate with both Google and Qualcomm for its Android OS to ensure that its handsets deliver the best possible performance. While Samsung has its own Exynos chipset, its performance has been reduced, and the company has stated that it will only be using Qualcomm chips in the Galaxy S23 when it launches next year.
Even if the performance differences between the top Android phones and Apples flagships are real, they will perform the best, most demanding applications effectively, and you wouldn''t notice a difference if you had the two side by side.
Apple has significant bragging rights, but it would be very beneficial to Qualcomm if it had to give the Snapdragon chipset a shot in the arm for next year. At its upcoming Snapdragon Summit, a few people may anticipate it.