The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, which has the Sun product code and is built on the TSMC 3nm process, only has an octa-core CPU with two large Phoenix cores and six medium Phoenix cores. Photo/Android Authority
WASHINGTON – The planned presence of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 processor was confirmed directly by Qualcomm at the Snapdragon Summit last October. The company announced that its high-end processor will use custom Oryon CPU cores for the first time.
Based on the Digital Chat Station leak, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, which has a Sun product code and is built on the TSMC 3nm process, only has an octa-core CPU with two large “Phoenix” cores and six medium “Phoenix” cores. That means this processor has fewer small cores than the previous generation.
For your information, small CPU cores usually offer the advantage of saving power to handle light workloads, thereby theoretically increasing battery life. So it would be a big change if Qualcomm decided to remove it.
Eliminating small cores in favor of larger cores is predicted to result in much better multi-core CPU performance. It is known that Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and 8 Gen 3 gain big advantages in this area due to reducing the small number of cores.
However, it is not yet known for certain whether this can be done by Snapdragon 8 Gen 4. “Hopefully battery life, temperature and long-term performance will not be affected by this change,” wrote the Android Authority page on Sunday (10/12/2023).
Thus, the company has reduced the number of cores over the past few years. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 started this trend, going from four to three small cores.
Meanwhile, the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, which will be used in Android flagships next year, changes from three to two small cores. There are a number of theoretical reasons why the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 might not have small CPU cores.
First, the company might conclude that a dedicated medium core is as efficient as any small core it could use. Or it could be that Qualcomm doesn’t have a dedicated small core ready for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4.