Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC Announced as World’s First 5G AI Mobile Platform with Wi-Fi 7, Hardware Ray-Tracing

Qualcomm has introduced its newest flagship chipset called the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 which brings cutting edge AI, connectivity, optical and connectivity technology.


Leading smartphone chip manufacturer Qualcomm has introduced its newest flagship chipset called the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 at an event in Hawaii. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform brings intelligently engineered AI across the board. This new mobile platform will be adopted by global OEMs and brands including ASUS in ROG phones, HONOR, iQOO, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, OPPO, REDMAGIC, Redmi, SHARP, Sony, Vivo, Xiaomi, MEIZU, and ZTE, with the first commercial devices expected by the end of 2022.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2: Key Features

The newest flagship processor from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, is powered by its fastest, most advanced Qualcomm AI Engine. And with the Qualcomm Hexagon Processor technology it processes natural language faster meaning better multi-language translation and advanced AI camera features. The Hexagon processor features an upgraded architecture for up to 4.35 times increased AI performance.

This is also the first Snapdragon mobile platform to support INT4 — which is a AI precision format that ensures that there is a 60% performance and battery usage improvement for sustained AI inferencing. The new Qualcomm Sensing Hub packs dual AI processors along with tools from the Qualcomm AI Stack, including the Qualcomm AI Studio, which will give developers a lot more scope for next-gen AI apps.

In terms of camera enhancements the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 brings the first Cognitive ISP where the chipset automatically enhances photos and videos in real time with semantic segmentation, using an AI neural network to make the camera contextually aware of faces, facial features, hair, clothes, skies and more – and optimize them individually so every detail receives customized professional image tuning.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is also tuned to support new image sensors which includes the first quad digital overlap HDR technology from Sony fine-tuned for Snapdragon. The Samsung ISOCELL HP3, the first 200-megapixel image sensor has also been optimized for Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. This is also the first Snapdragon to include an AV1 codec with support for video playback up to 8K HDR at 60 frames per second.

Hand holding cell phone look like playing a game blank on white screen and white background

On to gaming, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 debuts new Snapdragon Elite Gaming features, including real time hardware-accelerated ray tracing that delivers life-like light, reflections, and illuminations to mobile games. The upgraded Qualcomm Adreno GPU delivers up to 25% faster performance and the Qualcomm Kryo CPU enables up to 40% more power efficiency, for advanced gameplay and longer battery life. Gamers will also be able to experience photorealistic human characters in their games with the world’s first mobile optimized support for Unreal Engine 5 Metahumans Framework on Snapdragon.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is the world’s most advanced 5G platform yet and features the
Snapdragon X70 5G Modem-RF System with Qualcomm 5G AI Processor. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 uses AI to enable breakthrough 5G upload and download speeds, coverage, latency, and power efficiency.

This is the first Snapdragon platform to support 5G+5G/4G Dual-SIM Dual-Active, which enables both 5G SIMs at once. It also features Qualcomm FastConnect 7800 connectivity system, offering the lowest latency Wi-Fi 7 and dual Bluetooth connectivity.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 supports Snapdragon Sound technology which brings spatial audio with dynamic head-tracking for complete surround-sound immersion and support for 48kHz lossless music streaming. For gamers it brings low latency audio at 48ms, with a built-in voice backchannel for crystal-clear communication to and from other players.

For security the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform features Snapdragon Secure, that offers the latest in isolation, cryptography, key management, attestation, and more all intricately designed to protect users’ data and privacy.