At its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit, Qualcomm has announced several new products. After unveiling the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip for smartphones and Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 for gaming devices, the company has launched the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 computing platform.
As the name implies, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is a successor of the 8cx Gen 2 model that was launched last year. It is built using the 5nm process, a first for a chip made for Windows devices. The company has also promised an 85 percent improvement in CPU performance and 60 percent faster GPU performance.
For connectivity, the chipset offers support for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55, X62, and the X65 5G modems. To recap, the Snapdragon X65 offers peak download speeds of up to 10Gbps, Snapdragon X55 delivers up to 7.5Gbps speeds while the Snapdragon X62 offers up to 4.4Gbps speed.
It packs Qualcomm’s Spectra ISP, which promises better autofocus, auto-white balance, and auto-exposure for videoconferencing. It supports a single camera up to 24MP, along with up to 4 concurrent cameras, and also has support for 4K HDR video capture at 30fps, slow motion 720p video at 480fps.
The chip now supports UFS 3.1 storage which offers faster read and write speeds. There’s also Qualcomm Voice Suite, which has Qualcomm Noise and Echo Cancellation technology to cancel out unwanted background sounds.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 specifications
- CPU: Qualcomm Kryo Octa-core CPU ; 6nm architecture
- GPU: Qualcomm Adreno GPU with support for DX12 API
- DSP: Qualcomm Hexagon Processor with Qualcomm Sensing Hub
- Memory: 8 x16 channel LPDDR4x-2166 memory
- Storage: Support for NVMe SSD over PCIe ; UFS 3.1 storage
- Display: Up to 4K Ultra HD display support
- Up to two 4K external display support over DP-MST
- Video: Up to 4K HDR video playback at 120 fps ; H.265 (HEVC), H.264 (AVC), VP9 codec support
- Camera: Qualcomm Spectra ISP; support for single camera up to 24 MP, 4K HDR video capture at 30fps, Slow motion 720p video at 480 fps
- Audio: Qualcomm TrueWireless Technology, Qualcomm Broadcast Audio technology, Qualcomm Aqstic audio technology, Qualcomm aptX audio technology, Qualcomm aptX audio playback support, Qualcomm aptX, Qualcomm aptX HD
- Location: Beidou, Galileo, GLONASS, GPS, QZSS, SBAS; Qualcomm Location
- 5G: Qualcomm Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF system ; 10Gbps peak download speeds
- Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF system ; 7.5Gbps, 2.5Gbps peak download speeds, 3Gbps, 316 Mbps peak upload speeds
- Qualcomm Snapdragon X62 5G Modem-RF system ; 4.4Gbps peak download speeds
- Snapdragon X65 – 1000 MHz bandwidth on 5G mmWave, 300 MHz on sub-6 GHz
- Snapdragon X55 – 800 MHz bandwidth on 5G mmWave, 200 MHz on sub-6 GHz
- Snapdragon X62 – 400 MHz bandwidth on 5G mmWave, 120 MHz on sub-6 GHz
- WiFi: 802.11ax (Wi-Fi /6E), 802.11ad, 802.11ac Wave 2, 802.11a/b/g, 802.11n ; 2×2 MIMO
- Bluetooth 5.1
The company is claiming that the chip supports “multi-day battery life” but it has not provided any more details related to this. Devices powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 are expected to launch in the first half of 2022.
Qualcomm is also working on its next-generation chips for Windows PC that are expected to be powering devices from 2023. Those chips are designed by Nuvia, a company that was acquired by Qualcomm for $1.4 billion earlier this year. The next-generation Nuvia designed chips launching in 2023 are aimed to compete against Apple’s M-series chips.