Although only this week we see the arrival on the market of the ‘Plus’ version of the Snapdragon 888, its succession is already being prepared. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 has been the target of rumors from various sources, which tell us of the testing being done on the new system-on-chip.
These rumors give us a glimpse of what we can expect from Qualcomm’s next high-end processor for 2022, which will power the vast majority of high-end Android smartphones this year. And with that in mind, there is good news, but also bad news.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 arrives with 4nm Samsung lithograph and a 20% performance improvement
Today’s information comes from China and gives us some details about a test unit code-named SM8450. This will allegedly be the processor that will be called Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 or Snapdragon 895, and it is still uncertain which name will be chosen.
The source claims that this processor has Samsung’s 4nm lithograph, an improved design compared to the Snapdragon 888’s 5nm Samsung EUV, and should be 20% higher in the performance chapter than its predecessor. However, this boost in performance can be offset by heating the processor.
The Snapdragon 888 is a chipset that, when working with heavy loads, tends to heat up more than you would like. This issue may not be resolved on the Snapdragon 898, which will take another step towards 4nm lithography and, with increased performance, maintain unwanted heat, according to the source.
Interestingly, this is a problem that has been seen with processors made with Samsung lithographs. Looking at the history of Qualcomm processors, the Snapdragon 865, 865+ and 870, all processors of the same generation with differences only in terms of power, are designed with TSMC’s 7nm microarchitecture (which also manufactures Apple processors) and which has no has had problems in this aspect of heating. On the other hand, Samsung’s Exynos processors were the cause of much controversy in 2020 due to their difficulties in keeping up with Qualcomm processors, as well as their heating and power consumption.
Still, given that this alleged Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 test unit is precisely meant to be put to the test before launch, it is almost certain that much work on its development can still be done. Thus, we must wait for the official debut of the new processor to confirm (or deny) all the information currently arising from rumors. Its presentation, even though there is no official date, should take place at the end of this year.