Qualcomm’s latest mobile processor, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, is among the most powerful chipsets on a smartphone. It stands at the top of the list, with Apple’s A17 Pro and MediaTek’s Dimensity 9300 SoC. Currently, it powers the latest Android flagships like the Galaxy S24 Ultra and the OnePlus 12. However, Qualcomm is expected to release the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 SoC later this year, which should be even more capable.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 Geekbench 6 Performance Scores
What makes this release so special is Qualcomm’s switch from Arm cores to Oryon CPU cores. Per an X user who goes by the username @negativeonehero, Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 has aced the Geekbench 6 benchmark test with astounding results. The chipset secured a single-core score of 2,845 and a multi-core score of 10,628 points. This is the highest multi-core score by any mobile processor, including the A17 Pro SoC that powers the iPhone 15 Pro Max.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 Vs. Apple M3
What’s more interesting is that the chipset’s multi-core score is similar to that of Apple’s M3, the advanced processor powering the latest MacBook Pro series. Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will be built by TSMC on its 3nm fabrication technology, making it power-efficient. The processor is codenamed “Sun.” It is said to feature two prime cores and six powerful cores called “Phoenix.”
What It Means For Android Flagships That Will Come Out In 2025
With an excellent benchmark score, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 could enable several new features. For instance, it could provide enough power to carry out several cloud-based advanced algorithms locally on the device. Further, with advancements in the graphics processor, the new chipset could provide console-quality gaming on Android phones.
Last but not least, it could also increase the effective battery life on handsets like Galaxy S25 Ultra. Given the impressive benchmark scores, the processor could also be used to manufacture compact computers close to Apple’s MacBook Air lineup.
The Qualcomm Vs. Arm Lawsuit Is A Tad Concerning
However, all of this remains conjecture at this moment, primarily because of the Qualcomm vs. Arm trial that is about to begin in September 2024 before the former unveils the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 SoC.
Since Oryon CPU cores are based on the disputed ARM instruction set, there’s a chance that Qualcomm might not be allowed to use the technology and license it to other brands. However, the company remains optimistic as it has already partnered with OEMs for its upcoming processor.