Published on October 24, 2023, 6:53 pm
Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon chips are set to revolutionize the world of smartphones with their enhanced generative AI capabilities. At the Snapdragon Summit, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip, which will allow smartphones to utilize generative AI both online and offline, without relying on cloud computing.
Currently, popular generative AI tools like ChatGPT and Midjourney rely on accessing billions of parameters stored in the cloud to answer queries. However, with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip, users will be able to harness the power of generative AI directly on their devices. This means that smartphones will have the ability to generate text, images, and more using AI algorithms without an internet connection.
One compelling aspect of this advancement is that smartphones powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip can take into account personal data when making recommendations. By processing data locally on the device rather than sending it to the cloud, users can enjoy personalized recommendations while maintaining their privacy.
The first Android phones expected to feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip are likely to be from Samsung’s Galaxy S24 series launching early next year. Other smartphone manufacturers such as ASUS, Honor, Nubia, OnePlus, Oppo, realme, Sony, Xiaomi, and ZTE have also committed to integrating this advanced chip into their upcoming flagship devices.
While it may take some time for these AI capabilities to trickle down to more affordable models, Qualcomm remains optimistic about the transformative potential of AI on phones. In fact, Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon sees this as a generational shift in how we use smartphones. With previous advancements like turning phones into powerful computers during the 4G era, smartphones have become the largest developer platform in history. Now with generative AI becoming increasingly accessible offline thanks to Qualcomm’s new chips, even more possibilities await.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip boasts impressive performance speeds for on-device AI tasks. During a demonstration earlier this year, Qualcomm showcased Stable Diffusion generating an image in just 15 seconds. With the new chip, this process will now take less than a second. This boost in speed opens up opportunities for real-time video editing and expanding photos generatively.
Another exciting feature of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip is its integration of “on-device personalization.” By combining user data from various sensors and components, such as cameras, modem, and Wi-Fi, smartphones can make smarter suggestions based on individual preferences like favorite activities, fitness levels, and location. The possibilities for using generative AI to enhance photos and unlock new camera capabilities are immense.
Furthermore, Qualcomm has introduced Truepic on smartphones featuring the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip. Truepic uses the C2PA standard to watermark photos captured by users, providing a cryptographic seal that verifies their authenticity and prevents AI-generated images from being misrepresented.
The introduction of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip represents another leap forward in the advancement of generative AI on smartphones. With its ability to process AI algorithms offline while considering personal data for tailored recommendations, users can expect a more powerful and personalized smartphone experience. As flagship phones adopt this advanced chip starting next year, we can anticipate an array of innovative applications that leverage generative AI to unlock new possibilities for users worldwide.