Thanks to significant single and multi core performance improvements, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 could compete with Apple Silicon; Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is expected to launch with Nuvia cores

The single-core and multi-core Geekbench scores for Qualcomm's upcoming flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, are expected to be 1,800 and 6,500 points, respectively. It will be produced using TSMC's N4P process, not N3E as some rumours claim.

In real-world gaming tests, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 manufactured by TSMC has so far outperformed even Apple's top silicon. The putative Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Plus, which will be its immediate successor, will only slightly improve upon it in terms of clock speeds. On the other hand, the flagship device for 2024, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 (tentative), has the potential to destroy the A17 Bionic, at least in terms of multi-core performance.

According to a Weibo rumour (via, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 can get single- and multi-core Geekbench scores of up to 1,800 and 6,500, respectively. The former is only a few points away from the A16 Bionic's top score of 1,847, and the latter is positioned between that (5,382) and the Apple M1 in terms of performance (7,143). It offers a nearly 20% and 24% gain in single and multi-core performance over the current-generation Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (1,500/,5,240 points on Geekbench).

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3's specifications are unknown, but it is expected to have one Cortex-X3 core along with three or four Cortex-A720 (probable) and four or three Cortex-A510 cores. It will allegedly be produced using TSMC's N4P process rather than N3E, as suggested by earlier rumours. One rumour, however, claims that some products might be produced on Samsung's 3GAA node. That seems improbable, as it might potentially end in Chipgate 2.0.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 (tentative), which is scheduled to debut in 2025, is expected to have a 6+2 configuration with Phoenix L and Phoenix M cores from Nuvia. Additionally, it will be the first Qualcomm processor produced using TSMC's N3E process. Once the 12-core laptop chip for the Nuvia is released in 2024, one should have a general understanding of how the Nuvia cores perform in the real world.

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