Qualcomm just announced its latest flagship phone chip, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, but has now confirmed plans to expand its premium tier with 8+ and 8x chips.
8+ is no surprise – Qualcomm has followed its latest flagships with overclocked ‘+’ versions, but we welcome confirmation that we’ll see Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 in 2022.
More surprising is the news that there will eventually be more powerful chips that sit above the “+” in the lineup, called the Snapdragon 8x.
The designation corresponds to the model of Qualcomm’s laptop chip line, in which the core 8c level chips are replaced by the premium 8cx models.
Qualcomm CMO Don McGuire described the 8x plans as a “supercharged” chip tier, and it’s likely we’ll see it in gaming phones first – that’s where last year’s 888+ mostly appeared.
However, it doesn’t look like we’ll see an 8x debut in 2022. McGuire said the “x” chips will follow the integration of the newly acquired Nuvia, and had previously assumed the first products to leverage Nuvia’s processor expertise would arrive in 2023.
This means we may see the Snapdragon 8x Gen 2 arrive, but probably not one in the current 8 Gen 1 lineup.
The 8x teaser is part of Qualcomm’s annual Snapdragon Tech Summit, where the company unveiled the 8 Gen 1 phone chip alongside 8cx and 7c + Gen 3 laptop chips, as well as the unexpected Snapdragon G3x chip designed for a new category of mobile gaming.
We chatted about all the launches and more on our Fast Charge podcast:
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