On the Snapdragon Summit 2023, Qualcomm lastly introduced the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 flagship cell chipset, the successor to the well-received Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. All eyes are on Qualcomm as final 12 months it had an enormous success on each counts, efficiency, and effectivity. So what’s new with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3? Is it utilizing the brand new Nuvia-designed cores? To seek out out, let’s undergo all of the specs and new options of Qualcomm’s newest cell chipset.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Packs a Highly effective Hexagon NPU, CPU and GPU
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is all about on-device AI this 12 months, however we’ll come to that in a while. First, let’s speak about its structure. The 8 Gen 3 is constructed on TSMC’s 4nm course of node and options an octa-core CPU cluster. It’s nonetheless utilizing the Kryo cores and never the Nuvia cores out there on the Snapdragon X Elite.
The CPU on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 incorporates a single Cortex-X4 prime core clocked at 3.3GHz, 3x Cortex-A720 cores clocked at 3.2GHz, 2x Cortex-A720 cores clocked barely beneath at 3.0GHz and at last 2x Cortex-A520 cores clocked at 2.3GHz. Principally, the core setup is 1+(3+2)+2 with the Cortex-A720 core clocked at two completely different frequencies. It has a complete of 12MB L3 cache.
In accordance with Qualcomm, as a result of newer ARM cores, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 has seen a efficiency enchancment of 30% over the earlier 12 months’s 8 Gen 2. And with this, Qualcomm has dropped assist for the 32-bit structure. Coming to the GPU, Qualcomm is utilizing the perfect Adreno GPU on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 which is 25% quicker than the Adreno 740 on final 12 months’s SD8Gen2.
On the similar time, the brand new Adreno GPU nonetheless presents 25% larger energy effectivity than the Adreno 740. It has additionally introduced assist for 240FPS gaming and may go all the way down to 1Hz as properly. The 8 Gen 2 already got here with hardware-accelerated Ray Tracing assist, and this 12 months, Qualcomm has partnered with Unreal Engine to carry Lumen World Illumination and reflections on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 to make the Ray Tracing expertise even higher.
To not point out, the brand new Adreno GPU on 8 Gen 3 has launched one thing known as Adreno Body Movement Engine (AFME 2.0) to generate frames in real-time, altering the body fee to 120FPS from 60FPS whereas gaming. It’s just like Apple A17 Professional’s MetalFX Upscaling tech.
Shifting to the brand new Hexagon NPU on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, AI duties are 98% quicker and 40% extra environment friendly than the last-gen NPU. It may well run LLM fashions on-device and generate 15 tokens per second. For this, Qualcomm has partnered with Meta to run its LLama 2 mannequin regionally. In accordance with Qualcomm, the SD 8Gen3 can deal with LLMs educated on greater than 10 billion parameters. It may well generate pictures in lower than 1 second which is loopy quick.
Aside from that, the Hexagon NPU can course of multimodal information from pictures, speech, and textual content. The ISP on the SD8Gen3 has additionally gotten AI capabilities. It may well take away objects from movies, increase images, carry out semantic segmentation as much as 12 layers, and improve low-light movies considerably – all carried out regionally. And for 5G connectivity, it’s utilizing Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon X75 modem. So what do you consider the brand new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3? Tell us within the remark part beneath.