Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 to uses their Nuvia Phoenix cores instead of ARM: rumors says

Currently, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is the most powerful chipset from Qualcomm. Most gaming phones are offering this SoC. Despite being so powerful, it’s still below the Bionic A16 in terms of peak performance. Though we have seen rumors saying the upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 test unit beats the A16 Bionic in the Geekbench test. Though Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 hasn’t launched yet, Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 rumors are swelling around the internet.

Recently a Weibo user and some other sources shared some technical data about the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4. According to their information, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will come with a new CPU architecture design. Excluding ARM cores, Qualcomm will use Nuvia Phoenix cores in their Snapdragon 8 Gen 4. This will be the first to use the Nuvia Phoenix cores inside a smartphone chipset.

a screenshot of the weibo post rumoring the specification of snapdragon 8 gen 4
Note: This post isn’t currently available on his Weibo timeline

The rumor also suggested the core configuration of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4. The new CPU will also be the same octa-core as most other CPUs. The core configuration is 2+6 including 2 Nuvia Phoenix performance cores and 6 Nuvia Phoenix M as efficiency cores. With this combination, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 scored 2070 points in single-core and 9100 points in multi-core in Geekbench 5.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 multi-core score is 40% more as compared to the rumored multi-core score of Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. The single core score is also improved by 15%.

Comparing these scores with the current smartphones, it’s far ahead of the best smartphone chipset. This Geekbench score is even higher than Apple’s M2 scores in both single-core and multi-core.

The rumored Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will be based on the TSMC N3P process. Nuvia is a well-known company for designing high-performance SoC. Qualcomm acquired Nuvia in January 2021. Now Qualcomm seems to utilize Nuvia technology in their mobile platform SoCs. It is expected that this new Qualcomm Nuvia SoC aka. Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will release by 2024.


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