Qualcomm Unveils New Snapdragon Processors at Major Event in Beijing

Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3 will probably be a direct successor and slightly faster than the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 processor, and the official presentation will be on March 18

by Sededin Dedovic
Qualcomm Unveils New Snapdragon Processors at Major Event in Beijing
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Qualcomm is not resting on its laurels with the launch of the powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, which will undoubtedly power the most premium phones in 2024. However, not all phones need absolute top-of-the-line specs.

In fact, the vast majority of phones sold belong to the mid-range and budget categories, relying on more affordable processors. That's why there's a lot of anticipation surrounding Qualcomm's upcoming event in Beijing on March 18, ExtremeTech reports.

Although details are still under wraps, the event is expected to introduce new ARM processors that could be considered "budget flagships." With the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 likely to be a few months away, the reveal of the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 and Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3 seems more likely.

The 8s could be a slightly scaled-down version of the flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, offering similar performance at a more competitive price. Meanwhile, the 7+ Gen 3 is expected to be lower-end, still offering a significant performance boost over its predecessor.

Phones equipped with these processors are likely to stay below $1,000. The Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3 is rumored to be the direct successor to the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3, which was launched late last year. It is expected to bring a noticeable performance jump, potentially through increased clock speeds or a faster main core.

Following the trend of its predecessor, the 7+ Gen 3 is likely built on TSMC's 4nm manufacturing process. The Snapdragon 8s Gen 3, on the other hand, is a more intriguing proposition. Qualcomm hasn't previously introduced an "s" variant of its flagship processors, making its exact capabilities a bit of a mystery.

Speculations point to a potential reduction in camera features, slower CPU cores or a less powerful GPU compared to the standard 8 Gen 3. This would allow manufacturers to offer a flagship phone in some areas at a more attractive price.

These processors are expected to hit the Asian market first, but as is often the case, the global launch is likely not far behind. With the mid-range segment being the main driver of phone sales, the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 and 7+ Gen 3 could be strong contenders to launch the next generation of affordable yet powerful smartphones.