According to information from a well-known leaker, Qualcomm will introduce its Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 next year, which will feature the company’s first custom core, Oryon, and a brand-new Adreno 830 GPU. These configurations are expected to see wide adoption in smartphones, laptops, and other devices in the future.
Although the leaker didn’t provide detailed specifications for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, early 3DMark Wild Life Extreme benchmark data they shared indicates that the graphics score for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is around 7200 points, which is 10% higher than Apple’s M2 chip. Regarding the performance of the Apple M2 chip, it’s worth noting that the Mac Mini 2023, equipped with the M2 chip, scored around 6800-6925 points in benchmarks. Thus, from a data perspective, Qualcomm’s new chip’s graphics performance appears to outperform the Apple M2.
Another crucial factor to consider is that the support of the TSMC 3nm process likely contributes to this outstanding benchmark performance. It is well-known that TSMC’s 3nm process delivers substantial performance improvements over the previous 5nm process, ensuring higher performance for future chips.
Building upon this, it’s also worth noting that, according to media review data, the Snapdragon X Elite’s 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Unlimited benchmark score has already caught up with Apple’s M2, but this achievement is based on the 10-core base version of the M2. If we compare it with the Pro and Max versions of the Apple M2, it’s clear that the Snapdragon X Elite still lags in this regard. As for whether the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 can make a breakthrough in this aspect, we will need to await further relevant information to draw a conclusion.