Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC is more powerful but eats much more battery: Report

Since its October launch, more flagship smartphones are starting to include Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip. With the SoC already in the hands of several reviewers, the Xiaomi 14 was the first lineup to include it. Thus, a thorough assessment of the flagship Android chipset is underway. Every year, Qualcomm, MediaTek, and other companies update their CPUs, and their general philosophy is always more and better, but with technology comes limits, so it’s not always feasible to make every improvement.

We will have more power, certainly, but less efficiency with the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 based on expert benchmarks by @Golden_Reviewer. Compared to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Qualcomm’s most recent flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, is 13% quicker and consumes 28% more energy, according to benchmarks. That is to say, compared to its predecessor, its energy efficiency is 11% poorer.

What does the benchmark say about the new processor?

This is a tempting notion, but we don’t want our processors to be so powerful that they deplete our battery or become hand warmers, except in really cold weather. Qualcomm appears to have chosen to prioritize performance over efficiency in a challenging trade-off between the two. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Cortex-X4 benchmarks from Golden Reviewer, at least, seem to indicate this. Using its triple cluster design, a Cortex-X4 core operating at 3.3 GHz, five Cortex-A720 out of which three operate at 3.2 GHz and two at 3 GHz, and two Cortex-A520 operating at 2.3 GHz, Qualcomm guaranteed 30% more performance with 20% less energy usage at the new processor’s debut.

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The crucial information, however, is in the area of energy usage, where the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Cortex-X4 uses 28% more energy than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2+ Cortex-X3. There is a 75% increase in consumption as compared to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. In comparison to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2+, this results in a 11% decrease in energy deficiency and a 31% decrease from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in comparison. Further, Golden Reviewer interrupts all of this by requiring manufacturers to exercise extra caution when modifying the CPU to maximize the utilization of the intermediate cores and avoid letting the Cortex-X4 run at maximum power in order to prevent overheating or excessive battery consumption.

Its primary core, the Cortex-X4, has outperformed the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2+ by about 13%, the Dimensity 9200 by 22%, the Google Tensor G3 by 43%, and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 by around 22%, as per the benchmarks.

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