Even though we recently received the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm is undoubtedly hard at work on its next-generation chip. According to a recent report, the rumored Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 would power next year’s flagships and will use an unusual configuration.

A very trustworthy Chinese source named Digital Chat Station claimed on the Weibo social network that Qualcomm’s SM8550 was being developed under the code name Kailua. Furthermore, it is stated that TSMC will use a 4nm technology to produce the chip.

Notably, Samsung will produce Google’s second-generation Tensor chip rather than TSMC using a 4nm process.

But the more intriguing aspect of this report about the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is that Qualcomm is altering its customary design. It appears that the next chip will have a layout of 1 2 2 3. That configuration is unusual since Gen 2 would use four different types of CPU cores, whereas most current processors only have three.

One Cortex A73 core, two Cortex A720 cores, two Cortex A710 cores, and three Cortex A510 cores would make up this. As GSMArena pointed out, the A73 and A720 cores give us hope that we might experience a performance improvement of up to 30% when compared to the X1 and A78 cores. At best, this will only represent a small improvement over the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

An Adreno 740 GPU is reportedly planned for the system. However, it’s unclear how great of an improvement that will be over the 730. Later this year, we’ll most likely get to witness the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in all its splendor.

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