Everything We Know About Snapdragon 8 Gen 4

Snapdragon 8 is the flagship processor of Qualcomm which is used in high-end smartphones. Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 series is always in competition with the Apple M series chips for the top spot.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is used in some of the flagship phones like the Samsung Galaxy S24 series, iQOo 12 and many more. It is been three months since the official launch of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 and Gen 4 is already in the news.

Here is everything we know about the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 so far.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 Specifications

Since we are quite far from the release of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, not much is known about the specifications. However, some information on the cores, GPU and its clock speeds are known.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will primarily use an unknown 3nm TSMC process, except for Galaxy S25 series phones, which might use Samsung’s 3GAP process.

Here is a look at the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 rumoured specifications against the Gen 3.

FeaturesSnapdragon 8 Gen 3Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 (Leaked)
Release DateNovember 2023Late 2024/Early 2025
ManufacturerSamsung 4nm (N4P)TSMC 3nm (except Galaxy model on Samsung 3GAP)
CPU1x Prime Kryo (Cortex-X1), 3x Performance Kryo (Cortex-A710), 4x Efficiency Kryo (Cortex-A510)2x Custom Oryon High-Performance Cores, 6x Custom Oryon Mid-Range Cores (Phoenix)
CPU Clock SpeedUp to 3.2 GHzUp to 4.0 GHz
GPUAdreno 740Adreno 830
MemoryLPDDR5LPDDR5X
StorageUFS 3.1UFS 4.0
AI Engine7th Gen Qualcomm AI Engine8th Gen Qualcomm AI Engine
DisplayUp to QHD+ 144HzUp to 4K+ 165Hz
ConnectivitySnapdragon X70 5G Modem-RF SystemSnapdragon X80 5G Modem-RF System
BatteryQualcomm Fast Charge 5+Qualcomm Fast Charge 6+
Benchmarks (Geekbench 5)Single-Core: ~1,800 Multi-Core: ~6,500Single-Core: N/A Multi-Core: 10,000+ (Leaked)

Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 CPU cores

  • Custom Oryon cores (rumoured to be “Phoenix”) in a 2+6 configuration:
    • 2 high-performance cores
    • 6 mid-range cores

The majority of ARM-based mobile chips have utilized an eight-core configuration, typically divided between high-performance and high-efficiency core designs. Reportedly, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will still feature eight CPU cores, but it will eliminate efficiency cores.

Instead, all eight CPUs will adopt the same “Phoenix” design, presumably a customized ARM design akin to the existing Kryo cores. The chip is said to comprise two Phoenix cores optimized for raw power, complemented by six Phoenix cores fine-tuned for efficiency

Source: Digital Chat Station / Weibo

According to the latest rumours, Digital Chat Station appears to have obtained inside information regarding the core clocks of Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 reaching up to 4 GHz. According to their source, a potential engineering sample is already surpassing the maximum limit of 3.3 GHz set by its predecessor’s Big core (Cortex-X4).

The speculation circulating suggests a connection between Nuvia’s custom Oryon cores and the next-generation mobile processor, although some argue that the Phoenix cores might be the chosen architecture for Gen 4.

Read More: A look at Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite processor: Snapdragon for Windows Laptop

It’s worth noting that Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon X Elite notebook SoC in October of the previous year, which utilizes an ARM-based solution and boasts Nuvia’s custom Oryon cores.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 GPU

Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will feature Adreno 830 GPU, which according to some rumours is faster than Apple M2 GPU.

Source: Revegnus / Twitter

Performance

  • Leaked Geekbench 6 scores show impressive performance, exceeding 10,000 points in multi-core.
  • Expected to be significantly faster and more efficient than Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and 8+ Gen 1.

Read More: Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 launched, successor to SD 7 Gen 1

Other features

  • Improved power efficiency thanks to the 3nm process
  • Support for faster memory and storage technologies
  • Enhanced AI and machine learning capabilities

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