The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 would possibly drop little CPU cores altogether

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  • A leaker has claimed that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will lack little CPU cores.
  • As an alternative, the 2025 flagship cell chipset may send with two giant and 6 medium CPU cores.

Qualcomm showed the primary Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 main points at its Snapdragon Summit again in October, revealing that the flagship cell chipset will use customized Oryon CPU cores for the primary time.

Now, Weibo leaker Virtual Chat Station has posted obvious Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 specifications. For one, the leaker asserts that the chipset is codenamed Solar and is constructed on a 3nm TSMC procedure.

However probably the most outstanding declare is that the brand new chipset may have an octa-core CPU with two giant “Phoenix” cores and 6 medium “Phoenix” cores. If showed, this may imply the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is losing little cores altogether.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 CPU claims dissected

Little CPU cores are generally power-efficient cores supposed for dealing with mild workloads, making improvements to battery existence in idea. So it will be an enormous alternate if Qualcomm determined to drop them from its flagship silicon.

In pronouncing so, the corporate has been decreasing the selection of little cores during the last couple of years. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 began this development, going from 4 to 3 little cores. In the meantime, the brand-new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, set to continual subsequent 12 months’s best Android telephones, went from 3 to 2 little cores.

There are a variety of theoretical explanation why the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 would possibly now not have little CPU cores. For one, the corporate would possibly conclude that customized medium cores are as effective as (if now not extra effective than) any little cores it will use. It’s additionally conceivable Qualcomm merely doesn’t have customized little cores able for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4.

What does this imply for battery existence and function?

However, this is able to imply that almost all of flagship Android telephones in 2025 would utterly lack little cores. MediaTek has already overwhelmed Qualcomm to the punch on this regard. The newly introduced MediaTek Dimensity 9300 processor drops little cores altogether in want of 4 giant and 4 medium cores.

It sort of feels counter-intuitive to drop those small cores in the event that they’re supposed to be cooler and extra effective. However MediaTek claims that the Dimensity 9300 CPU delivers 10-15% continual financial savings when working “conventional” duties and extra tough workloads. The company additionally claimed that it will probably be offering as much as 33% continual financial savings on the similar efficiency because the Dimensity 9200.

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Ditching little cores in want of extra giant and medium cores must translate into significantly better multi-core CPU efficiency. We already noticed the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and eight Gen 3 making giant features on this space as they decreased the selection of little cores.

However, we’re prepared to peer what losing the little CPU core approach for real-world smartphones. Hands crossed that battery existence, temperatures, and long-term efficiency don’t undergo.

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