Qualcomm could launch an overclocked version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, hoping to match Apple’s 16 Bionic

Seemingly ignoring the not-so-small problems experienced with the current generation Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm would like to push the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 architecture even further, hoping to catch up with Apple’s A16 Bionic rival.

Known for its tendency to stop Android gaming sessions without warning, citing issues with phone overheating, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset has failed to deliver performance on par with that offered by rival Apple. Appearing as an improved version, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 only managed to deliver marginally improved performance, delivered at times when the phone’s re-cooling capabilities aren’t already overwhelmed with too much waste heat. All in all, Qualcomm doesn’t have a credible answer for Apple’s chipset family just yet.

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Made using TSMC’s 4nm manufacturing process, the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 doesn’t quite manage to keep up with rival A16 Bionic, this despite the latter sharing the same 4nm manufacturing technology.

Long on the rumor mill, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 replacement should bring Qualcomm’s reputation to the rescue, while strengthening the company’s position as the default supplier of chipsets for top-end Android phones at a time when rival MediaTek is increasingly threatening that status.

According to rumours so far, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is expected to reach 3.4-3.5GHz on the main processing core, compared to 3.2GHz on the current Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset. In the opposite camp, the Apple-developed A16 Bionic chipset already reaches 3.46GHz, simultaneously promising 40% better performance than can be achieved with rival chipsets developed for the Android camp.

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Another interesting detail concerns the graphics processor, with the GPU unit dubbed Adreno 740 expected to deliver superior performance to Apple’s A-series chipsets. The rumor doesn’t clarify whether it’s the newest iteration of the A16 Bionic, or a previous-generation Apple chipset.

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