According to reports, Qualcomm will not release a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 as a mid-cycle refresh and instead will focus on developing its next-generation Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. A leak from RGcloudS suggests that Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will keep its 1 + 4 + 3 core configuration, but will feature a new Cortex-X4 prime core clocked at 3.70GHz. As a result, its Cortex-X3 has a 15% speed boost over its predecessor, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.

Apple’s A17 Bionic is the only flagship chipset manufactured on a 3nm process this year, while Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is expected to be built on TSMC’s N4P 4nm node. It is expected that Qualcomm will catch up with Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 next year.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 has not been confirmed by Qualcomm, but rumors suggest it could surpass the A17 Bionic in single-core performance, although the A17 Bionic is expected to retain its efficiency advantage. According to reports, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy is capable of outperforming the A17 Bionic on paper, but it remains to be seen how it performs in practice.

It is expected that Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will feature Cortex-A715 and Cortex-A515 cores, but their clock speeds are currently unknown. Due to the higher clock speeds of the Cortex-X4 prime core, Qualcomm may need to address the issue of power consumption and battery life.

As the successor to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 should see further improvements. There have been leaks about the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 and it will be interesting to see how it performs when it is released.