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The successor to one of the most powerful chips is on the way

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This is the processor that will probably be under the hood of the majority of high-end smartphones in a year. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, succeeding the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, will be presented by Qualcomm at a conference organized next October. Time for manufacturers to get up to speed, and for Samsung to probably offer it under the hood of its Galaxy S25, its Galaxy S25+ and its Galaxy S25 Ultra. Theoretical motives for the moment, because the Korean has not yet revealed anything from their official technical sheet. However, this could leak in the coming quarters.

With the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, Qualcomm intends to offer a motherboard accessible to all Android manufacturers who wish to offer premium performance to their users. Among its main customers, we should undoubtedly find Xiaomi with the Xiaomi 15, Xiaomi 15 Pro and Xiaomi 15 Ultra, Honor with the Magic 7 Pro, OnePlus with the OnePlus 13 or even Oppo with a possible Find X7 Ultra. Asus is also expected to turn the corner with its device dedicated to gamers, the next ROG Phone 9 Pro.

What do we know about the technical characteristics ?

Rumors suggest that Qualcomm intends to engrave its Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 chips with a precision of three nanometers. This process, also chosen by Apple for its proprietary processors since the A17 Pro equips the iPhone 15 Pro, offers a significant performance gain compared to previous generations. Improving the engraving fineness also saves energy when the smartphone consumes, but this depends above all on each person's uses.

It is rumored, once again, that it is the subcontractor TSMC which will be responsible for designing Qualcomm's future premium chip. As is often the case, this will be reserved for professionals; so don't expect to easily design your own devices with it.

On the component side, we expect Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 to be equipped with two main cores, the name of which remains to be confirmed, accompanied by six others this time dedicated to the most demanding apps. Whether for video games, multitasking or video editing, equipped smartphones should not flinch during particularly demanding tasks.

Du remains, difficult to know more at the moment: Qualcomm has not revealed anything publicly about its future chip, except its release date. On the other hand, we can count on a special version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 intended for one of the company's historic partners: Samsung, again. The Galaxy S25, Galaxy S25+ and Galaxy S25 Ultra should therefore benefit from notable preferential treatment, with a higher frequency for the CPU cores. To verify this, you will need to consult the number of GHz mentioned on the technical sheet of future mobile phones.

A melter with little onions

Choosing TSMC means above all betting on one of the most prolific founders on the planet. Delays are rather rare and Qualcomm should therefore without hesitation respect the schedule just announced by its CMO (director of marketing operations), namely Don McGuire.

With a valuation of more than 660 billion dollars at the time of writing these lines, TSMC presents itself today as the tenth largest capitalization in the world on the Wall Street stock exchange. A position regularly challenged by Nvidia, which has just recorded meteoric progress in New York.

Finally, let us point out that the growth of TSMC is also due to its incredible contract with Apple. The supplier actually assembles the company's proprietary chips at Apple, now equipping all Macs, iPhones and iPads available in stores. The success of some will therefore depend on the priorities of others… Notice to investors.

  • Qualcomm will present its new high-end processor in October
  • The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will be the most powerful from the manufacturer, which you will find on smartphones
  • TSMC will take care of the assembly, already in charge of the competing Apple silicon program

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116