Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will hit 4.26GHz using an optimized design to compete with Apple’s new chips

Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will hit 4.26GHz using an optimized design to compete with Apple’s new chips
Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will hit 4.26GHz using an optimized design to compete with Apple’s new chips

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 looks like it will be a major upgrade from the current Gen 3, with the new chipset changing the architecture based on performance and efficiency cores in favor of one with only performance cores, similar to the one already used by rival Mediatek’s Dimensity 9300 series.

Qualcomm seems to have pinned all its hopes on the new N3E (3nm) manufacturing process developed by TSMC, selecting for the SD 8 Gen 4 chipset a very bold design that favors maximizing performance at the expense of power efficiency and possibly operating temperatures .

Completed in April, the design of the new chipset targeted a boost frequency of at least 4.00GHz to achieve the proposed objectives, but the results obtained with the first samples received for evaluation were beyond expectations, Qualcomm selecting for the retail version of the chip a boost frequency of 4.26GHz, which it would give it a more comfortable position in front of big rivals Apple A18 and A18 Pro.

What’s certain is that the approach based on maximizing operating frequencies is one that could prove detrimental in the long run, predisposing Snapdragon 8 Gen 4-based devices to overheating issues and reduced battery life.

However, it seems that Qualcomm didn’t even select the most efficient architecture possible for SD 8 Gen 4, with the upcoming flagship phone chip based on the Snapdragon X Elite design, the chipset shown for Windows laptops not supporting the ARMv9 instruction set already used by the chip Apple’s and credited in good measure for the recent leaps in performance and efficiency seen in the company’s devices. In other words, the SD 8 Gen 4 may be relying a little too much on the brute force of operating frequencies to bridge the performance gap, while Apple will likely stick with the efficiency advantage.

Additionally, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 lacks Scalable Matrix Extension (SME), the innovation that allows Apple’s M4 chips to more efficiently run complex processing tasks, SME being among the assets that allowed Apple’s chip to score points single and multi-core so high in the Geekbench 6 benchmark.

Meanwhile, smartphone manufacturers are left to do what they can with accommodating increasingly extravagant cooling and consumption requirements, investing in expensive vapor-chamber solutions and accommodating larger capacity batteries.

The article is in Romanian

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