A new leak says the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 could feature two Cortex-X4, four Cortex-A720 and two Cortex-A520 cores. This alternate configuration could be reserved for tablets/laptops that could use the extra performance.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3’s core configuration is a hotly contested topic. One leak said it would feature eight cores in a 1+5+2 setup, while another broke it down to a 1+3+2+2 layout. The former suggested its five performance (Cortex-A720) cores would be identical, and the latter said they would differ in clocks and cache. Now, a third configuration has entered the fray, and it is, by far, the most puzzling one yet.
Digital Chat Station, a prolific Weibo leaker, says the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will have two Cortex-X4 cores in combination with four Cortex-A720 and two Cortex-A520 cores. This is intriguing because Qualcomm has stuck with one “prime” core (Cortex X or otherwise) for many generations. While it could help bolster its multi-threaded performance, the increased power consumption could force OEMs to come up with creative cooling solutions.
That said, the aforementioned Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 variant could be reserved for tablets. Alternatively, it could just be a prototype that will never leave the lab. It could lay the groundwork for its successor, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, which is rumoured to feature a Nuvia-branded eight-core CPU with a 2+6 configuration. Then again, Qualcomm isn’t the only one dabbling with multiple Cortex-X cores. The 2025-bound Exynos 2500 will supposedly have four of them.
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I’ve been an avid PC gamer since the age of 8. My passion for gaming eventually pushed me towards general tech, and I got my first writing gig at the age of 19. I have a degree in mechanical engineering and have worked in the manufacturing industry and a few other publications like Wccftech before joining Notebookcheck in November 2019. I cover a variety of topics including smartphones, gaming, and computer hardware.
Anil Ganti, 2023-04-19 (Update: 2023-04-19)