here’s what we know about the chip used in Samsung’s next smartphone

The Galaxy S23 was released just over a month ago, but the Galaxy S24 is already making waves, including its processor. We already know what to expect in terms of device performance.

Official Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

When we first heard about the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 that will power Samsung’s next high-end Galaxy S24, the chip already promised to be more powerful than Apple’s A16. More recently, we also learned that Qualcomm would opt for a 1+5+2 core configuration this time around, and that’s exactly what another report has just confirmed.

Indeed, the developer and famous informant Kuba Wojciechowski has just revealed on his Twitter account that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 currently carries the code name Lanai or Pineapple, and model number SM8650. However, the leak above all tells us more about what to expect from the cores of the chip.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 still looks more powerful

According to Kuba Wojciechowski, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 would use one ARM Cortex-X series ‘Gold+’ CPU core, two ARM Cortex-A7xx ‘Titanium’ CPU cores, three ARM Cortex-A7xx ‘Gold’ CPU cores, and two ARM Cortex-A5xx ‘Silver’ CPU cores. We therefore find a 1 + 5 + 2 configuration, and no longer 1 + 4 + 3 as on the current Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.

By opting for an additional Gold core, Samsung will probably rely heavily on the performance of its chip. It therefore had to sacrifice a Silver core, the most energy efficient cores, which means that this new chip might not be much less power hungry.

Above all, we know that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 would continue to use TSMC’s 4nm etching, Apple having presumably monopolized the new process in 3 nm. Only minor improvements in energy efficiency can therefore be expected.

Finally, Kuba Wojciechowski also reveals that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is also equipped with the Adreno 750 GPU (Adreno Gen 7.9.0) clocked at 770 MHz. However, this frequency may change in the future. According to other leaks, Qualcomm could decide this year to launch its chip a few weeks before its usual schedule, and therefore we could see the Galaxy S24 arriving as early as next January.

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