Qualcomm has been working on the successor to the Snapdragon 845 processor for some time now. It now appears that the company is expected to make its announcement this December, at its annual convention in Hawaii.
Earlier it was expected the next flagship Qualcomm chipset would be named the Snapdragon 855. But according to new leaks, the company’s next mobile chipset could be called the Snapdragon 8150. It’s expected to use an octa-core CPU, with four high-efficiency and four high-performance cores. Featuring the custom cores with internals designated as “Gold” and “Silver” to differentiate between them.
Initial tests of the chipset have already begun. According to information leaked by WinFuture, the Silver core on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 will perform high energy efficiency tasks, and should operate at a frequency of 1.7 GHz, while the Gold core would work at 2.6 GHz. The clock frequency of the cores could be increased after preliminary tests are completed.
The architecture of this SoC will be adapted, and will not make use of the ARM Cortex-A55 and Cortex-A76 architectures given by the ARM chip manufacturer. Instead, re-paired cores are being used, as per the information being mentioned by the source.
The Snapdragon 8150 is expected to get a new GPU, but there are no details available currently. This will also be the first time that Qualcomm will implement a dedicated Neural Processing Unit on its chipset, for AI-enabled operations. Following Huawei and Apple, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 will also be made on a 7-nanometer production process, with the outer dimensions of the chipset measuring 12.4 x 12.4 mm.
According to Winfuture sources, the Snapdragon 8150 processor would be priced around $53 (approximately ₹4,000). For comparison, the cost without licenses and taxes for the Snapdragon 845 is $48, and $63 with these costs factored in. More details will probably be available in the coming weeks, with the approach of the official presentation on Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 Launch getting closer.