Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 Officially Launched; What’s Different About it?

Following the tease about a new Snapdragon processor, Qualcomm has launched the 8s Gen 3 officially. While Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is powering all the top flagships in the market, the younger sibling is meant for the less expensive mid-range flagship phones.

But, what’s the difference between these processors? Aside, from the ‘s’ in the name. The Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 is simply a cut-down version of the SD 8 Gen 3. Here’s a difference between their specifications.

Snapdragon 8s Gen 3Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
Fabrication Tech4nm TSMC4nm TSMC
CPU (Performance Cores)1x Cortex-X4 @ 3.0GHz
4x Cortex-A720 @ 2.8GHz
1x Cortex-X4 @ 3.3GHz
3x Cortex-720 @ 3.15GHz
2x Cortex-720 @ 2.96GHz
CPU (Efficiency Cores)3x Cortex-A520 @ 2.0GHz2x Cortex-A520 @ 2.3GHz
GPUAdreno 735Adreno 750
RAMLPDDR5x 4,200MHzLPDDR5x 4,800MHz
StorageUFS 4.0UFS 4.0
USBUSB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps)USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps)
Cellular ModemX70 5GX75 5G
ISPTriple 18-Bit SpectraTriple 18-Bit Spectra
Video4K HDR @ 60fps
1080p @ 240fps
8K HDR @ 30fps
4K @ 120fp

Difference in CPU cores

The glaring difference is in the CPU cores and the GPU. The new Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 has a total of 5 performance cores and 3 efficiency cores (or small cores). The 5 performance cores include one prime core – Cortex-X4 clocked at 3 GHz.

In comparison, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 also has the prime core Cortex-X4, but it is clocked at a higher 3.3GHz. It also has 5 more big cores, making a total of 6 performance cores.

As for the efficiency cores, the SD 8s Gen 3 has three Cortex A520 cores clocked at 2 GHz. The SD 8 Gen 3 has only two efficiency cores at 2.3GHz.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 3

The core architecture in SD 8s Gen 3 will be similar to the 8 Gen 3 but with one less performance core in the middle (see image above) and one extra efficiency core at the bottom.

Difference in GPU

The Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 sacrifices some features compared to its predecessor. Its Adreno 735 GPU lacks global illumination effects.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 features the superior Adreno 750. However, the performance between the two might not be too much in real-life scenarios like gaming.

The difference between Adreno 730 and Adreno 750 in most games is insignificant. Adreno 735 in SD 8s Gen 3 will most likely perform better than Adreno 730 bridging the performance gap even further.

Related: Everything We Know About Snapdragon 8 Gen 4

Other Differences

It supports slightly slower LPDDR5X RAM (4,200 MHz vs. 4,800 MHz). The ISP limits video recording to 4K/60FPS HDR, lacking 8K/30FPS or 4K/120FPS.

Finally, the Snapdragon X70 modem reduces peak download speeds to 5Gbps (from 10Gbps).

Related: OnePlus 12 Global Launches with Snapdragon 8 Gen 3

Good performance for a cheaper cost

SD 8s Gen 3 might hit that sweet spot of lower cost and good performance with this processor. It will go well in many of the mid-range flagship phones, which can attract buyers with flagship-level performance, but cheaper.

Of course, it cannot match the performance of the SD 8s Gen 3, but we hope that the compromises made here don’t cripple it too much. If it handles power efficiency and performance well, we will soon see it in many mid-range smartphones.

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