Published on March 18, 2024, 4:15 am

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 8S Gen 3 Chip For Midrange Smartphones

Qualcomm has unveiled the Snapdragon 8S Gen 3, a new chip that aims to bring premium features like enhanced voice assistants and AI-generated images to midrange smartphones. This chip is part of Qualcomm’s strategy to make advanced technology more accessible to devices priced under $800.

The Snapdragon 8S Gen 3 is the first in the “S” series of chips by Qualcomm. It bridges the gap between the high-end Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, which powers flagship Android phones, and the previous generation Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 used in premium devices from last year.

Unlike its predecessor, which caters to smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S24 series and OnePlus 12 priced over $800, the Snapdragon 8S Gen 3 targets handsets in the $500 to $800 range. Brands such as Xiaomi, Honor, Realme, and Redmi are set to release phones powered by this new chip shortly.

One of Qualcomm’s primary goals with the Snapdragon 8S Gen 3 is to democratize premium features such as generative AI for cheaper phones. The chip can support multiple AI models and over 10 billion parameters for AI processing. Some of its generative AI applications include enhancing voice assistants and image generation through stable diffusion techniques.

While not as powerful as the top-tier Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, the Snapdragon 8S Gen 3 offers a more affordable option without compromising on essential features like supporting up to 200-megapixel cameras and ray tracing for gaming. This allows manufacturers to incorporate up-to-date technology into their midrange offerings.

With an increasing number of mobile chips integrating generative AI capabilities like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon lineup and MediaTek’s Dimensity series, we might see a rise in unique AI-driven features that differentiate premium Android smartphones from one another in the market.

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