The highest-ranking processor from Qualcomm, which currently powers the majority of flagship phones, is the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Like every year, it will receive a successor, and it seems that Qualcomm will not only change the premiere date of its new high-end chipset this year but also its overall strategy.
Earlier than usual
Qualcomm has posted an invitation on its website for the upcoming Snapdragon Summit event, which will take place on the Hawaiian island of Maui from October 24th to 26th, 2023. It is during this conference that the introduction of the new flagship processor, Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, will take place.
This year, we will witness the arrival of the latest addition to the high-end processor series surprisingly early, as Qualcomm has moved the premiere date forward by a month compared to last year. The current SD 8 Gen 2 arrived in mid-November 2022, the previous version SD 8 Gen 1 in early November, and even the older SD 888 not until December 2020.
Is Qualcomm Changing Its Strategy?
In the past, the American processor manufacturer introduced two flagship processors within a single mobile season with iron regularity. In the fall/winter, there used to be the main chipset, followed by its more powerful derivative marked with a “+” sign (e.g., SD 8+ Gen 1), approximately six months later.
However, this year, there is hardly any talk about the plus version, and it seems that Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 may not even exist, and we might only see the full-fledged new generation. We will see. Qualcomm typically introduced these intergenerational versions between May and June, so there is still time.
When will the first phones arrive?
That is still unknown, but the new flagship processor from Qualcomm usually enters active operation at the end of the current year or the beginning of the upcoming year. For example, last year, the SD 8 Gen 2 was first seen in the Vivo X90 Pro+ in November, and it is likely that a similar timeframe can be expected this year, despite the earlier introduction.