Qualcomm is bringing a new processor called Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 to compete with Apple M1. A couple of years ago, Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon 8cx, the world’s first processor based on the 7 nm technology. A model that in September last year was updated with 5G support and some minor improvements, but it’s time for the third generation now.
Qualcomm is testing Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 to compete with Apple M1
Rumors indicate that Qualcomm is currently working on the new version of this processor, under the name SC8280, which will once again offer a leap in performance and connectivity, equipping the latest Snapdragon X55 5G modems.
One of the first things that catch our attention is its size, 20 x 17 millimeters, looking at this we could confirm its orientation towards integration in Windows-based laptops and other 2-in-1 devices.
Apparently, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 will feature an Octa-core structure with high-end cores, split four to four of Qualcomm’s “Gold +” and “Gold” cores, operating at 2.7GHz and 2.43GHz respectively, and with an NPU unit delivering up to 15 teraflops of processing power. Although in some samples, apparently linked to a second, faster variant of the same chip will reach even higher top speeds, exceeding 3GHz.
According to the information shared so far, it seems like Qualcomm is currently testing these new processors in notebook designs with 14-inch screens and up to 32GB RAM.
However, with the information provided here, it is worth mentioning that for the moment we only have data from unofficial sources, so the configuration and clock speeds of the new Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 could still undergo some changes before its final launch.