Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 8 Gen2 Mobile SoC, Supports WiFi-7 and AV1 8K60 Decoding


Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 sets a new standard for premium smartphones

Emphasizes:

  • Snapdragon® 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform to revolutionize flagship smartphones for truly extraordinary experiences
  • Snapdragon Smart enables game-changing artificial intelligence experiences like faster natural language processing with multilingual translation and revolutionary INT4 support
  • Snapdragon Sight™ technology additions include new Cognitive ISP to power real-time semantic segmentation for photo and video capture, delivering game-changing custom professional-quality enhancements
  • Snapdragon Elite Gaming™ delivers champion-level gameplay with the industry standard for real-time hardware-accelerated ray tracing
  • Snapdragon Connect enhancements include unprecedented connectivity with the world’s first 5G AI processor in a mobile platform and the only commercial Wi-Fi 7 SoC with High Band Simultaneous Multi-Link
  • Snapdragon Sound™ technology supports spatial audio with dynamic head tracking for ultra-immersive gaming and media experiences
  • It should be launched in commercial devices by the end of 2022

During Snapdragon Summit 2022, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. unveiled its latest premium mobile platform, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform will set a new standard for connected computing, intelligently designed with an AI revolutionary across the board to enable extraordinary experiences. This new mobile platform will be adopted by global OEMs and brands including ASUS Republic of Gamers, HONOR, iQOO, Motorola, nubia, OnePlus, OPPO, REDMAGIC, Redmi, SHARP, Sony Corporation, vivo, Xiaomi, XINGJI/MEIZU and ZTE, with the first commercial devices expected by the end of 2022.

“We’re passionate about empowering people to do more, so we design Snapdragon with the user at its core. Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will revolutionize the flagship smartphone landscape in 2023,” said Chris Patrick, senior vice president and general manager of mobile phones, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 delivers breakthrough artificial intelligence, unmatched connectivity and gaming level, enabling consumers to enhance every experience on their most trusted device.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Key Experience Pillars:

  • Smart Snapdragon: Powered by the company’s fastest and most advanced Qualcomm® AI engine, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 features game-changing AI embedded throughout the entire system. Powered by an upgraded Qualcomm® Hexagon™ processor, users can experience faster natural language processing with multi-language translation and advanced AI camera capabilities. The Hexagon processor features all-new architecture upgrades, including micro tile inference and a larger tensor accelerator for up to 4.35x** greater AI performance*. This is also the first Snapdragon mobile platform to support INT4, a revolutionary AI precision format, with a 60%* performance/watt improvement for sustained AI inference. The latest Qualcomm® Sensing Hub, now including two AI processors, supports intuitive experiences that enable custom hotwords. Expect additional features and tools from Qualcomm® AI Stack, including Qualcomm® AI Studio, so developers can bring even more next-generation AI apps to life.
  • Snapdragon view: This platform defines a new era of professional-quality camera experiences with the first cognitive ISP. Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 automatically enhances photos and videos in real time with Semantic Segmentation, which uses an AI neural network to make the camera contextually aware of faces, facial features, hair, clothes, skies and more, and optimize them individually so that every detail receives personalized professional image adjustment. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is also optimized to support new image sensors. Sony Semiconductor Solutions is the first to develop Quad Digital HDR Overlay technology, optimized for Snapdragon. The Samsung ISOCELL HP3, the first 200-megapixel image sensor optimized for Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, will deliver professional-quality photos and videos. This is also the first Snapdragon to include an AV1 codec with support for video playback up to 8K HDR at 60 frames per second.
  • Snapdragon Elite game: Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 debuts new Snapdragon Elite Gaming features, including real-time hardware-accelerated ray tracing that brings realistic light, reflections, and illumination to mobile games. Updated Qualcomm® Adreno™ GPU delivers up to 25% faster performance* and Qualcomm® Kryo™ CPU delivers up to 40% more power efficiency*, so users can play champion-level games with longer battery life . Gamers will also be able to experience photo-realistic human characters in their games with the world’s first mobile-optimized support for the Unreal Engine 5 Metahumans Framework on Snapdragon.
  • Snapdragon connection: Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is the world’s most advanced 5G platform, boasting unmatched connectivity from 5G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Featuring the Snapdragon X70 5G Modem-RF system with Qualcomm® 5G AI processor, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to enable breakthrough 5G upload and download speeds, coverage, latency, and power efficiency. This is the first Snapdragon platform to support 5G+5G/4G Dual-SIM Dual-Active, which harnesses the power and flexibility of two 5G SIMs simultaneously. This ultra-advanced platform also features the Qualcomm® FastConnect™ 7800 connectivity system, which offers the lowest latency Wi-Fi 7 and dual Bluetooth® connectivity for extended immersion. High Band Simultaneous Multi-Link enables the highest Wi-Fi 7 performance globally enabling brilliantly smooth connections while streaming, gaming and more.​
  • Snapdragon sound: Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 supports Snapdragon Sound technology for premium and immersive music, calls and games. It features spatial audio with dynamic head tracking for full immersion in surround sound, and support for 48kHz lossless music streaming so every detail of the music sounds as the artist intended. Gamers can stay in the moment with the lowest latency ever at 48ms, made even better by a built-in voice backchannel for crystal-clear communications to and from other gamers.​
  • Snapdragon Safe: The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform is protected with Snapdragon Secure, which offers the latest in isolation, encryption, key management, attestation, and more, all intricately designed to protect user privacy and data . This premium level of protection limits data exposure and exploitation on Snapdragon 8 Gen 2-powered devices.​


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