Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset has just been unveiled, and smartphone makers are already lining up to release new high-end phones powered by the flagship chip. What exactly is a chip? You can watch the first official promotional video, though it needs some explaining.
The video doesn’t spell it out, but it does boast a triple 11 bit ISP that can handle three 36 MP camera. Plus, new AI hardware can segment images into faces, hair, backgrounds, and more to improve portrait mode results.
Water reflections are next — Qualcomm is the latest smartphone chipset maker to adopt hardware-accelerated ray tracing. For example, it’s the “next big thing” in console graphics, and should start showing up in mobile games too.
The video does not give the original data, so we will repeat them here – Generation 8 Gen 2 offers up to 25% CPU performance and up to 36% better efficiency, plus up to 25% higher GPU performance and up to 36 % efficiency (compared to 8th generation1).
Anyway, after the raytracing video we dive into the topic of audio, but for more info watch the second promo video. The latest Snapdragon Sound system natively supports spatial audio for a more immersive listening and gaming experience.
Speaking of audio, Bluetooth LE audio is supported (so far, Bluetooth sound relies on pre-LE technology). The new chip’s FastConnect 7800 system also offers lossless audio and a low-latency mode (down to 75ms).
By the way, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is one of the first chipsets to support Wi-Fi 7 (7800.Yes). You can’t even buy a Wi-Fi 7 router, but once you do, your phone’s internet speed at home will also be improved.