The recently unveiled Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 mobile chip is expected to power the latest flagship Android smartphones and tablets.
In addition, Qualcomm has unveiled the Snapdragon X Elite, its next-generation high-end chip for Windows on ARM laptops.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8
Qualcomm’s latest System on Chip (SoC) aims to make a significant impact on the PC chipset market by emphasizing performance and efficiency.
The CPU and GPU
The Snapdragon X Elite is built on a cutting-edge 4nm process node and features 12 high-performance Oryon cores running at a base clock speed of 3.8 GHz with single and dual-core boosts of up to 4.3 GHz.
Qualcomm claims that its new CPU outperforms competing Intel 13th-generation CPUs in multi-threaded performance while consuming 68% less power.
Notably, when compared to Apple’s ARM-based M2 chip, the Snapdragon X Elite claims 50% faster peak multi-threaded performance.
On the graphics front, the X Elite has an integrated Adreno GPU with a performance rating of 4.6 TFLOPs and support for the DirectX 12 API. This chip can power up to three external UHD monitors at a smooth 60Hz refresh rate.
The Adreno video processing unit (VPU) is a valuable asset for video editors because it supports 4K60 10-bit encoding and decoding for H.264, HEVC (H.265), and AV1 file formats.
Qualcomm has also included a Hexagon NPU with a formidable processing power of 45 Tera operations per second (TOPs), which excels in Generative AI tasks.
While running on the device, the Snapdragon X Elite can effectively manage over 13 billion parameters and generate 30 tokens per second.
The chip supports LPDDR5x RAM and provides an impressive memory bandwidth of up to 136 GB/s, as well as a sizable 42MB total cache. It also supports PCIe Gen4 and UFS 4.0 storage.
ISP and connectivity
In terms of connectivity, the Snapdragon X Elite comes with the FastConnect 7800 System, which supports Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4.
It also has a Snapdragon X65 5G modem, which provides cellular connectivity with peak download speeds of up to 10 Gbps.
The Qualcomm Aqstic DAC ensures lossless audio playback, and the Qualcomm Spectra image signal processor (ISP) can accommodate dual cameras with up to 36MP resolution and capture 4K HDR video.
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