Did Qualcomm Accidentally Reveal Launch Dates of its Upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset?

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In a piece of latest news, Qualcomm has accidentally announced revealed the date for its upcoming Snapdragon Summit event. According to the now-removed date revelation, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset’s debut might be expected shortly.   

Qualcomm’s Upcoming Snapdragon Summit 

Qualcomm launches its new Snapdragon 8-series flagship chip, among other chipsets every year at its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit event. Although details of the event are typically made public close to the event dates, a new leak suggests that the company may host 2022’s Snapdragon Summit in November. According to a report by GSMarena, Qualcomm accidentally disclosed the date for its next Snapdragon Summit event. The now-deleted page on the company’s website reportedly displayed the dates of the next Snapdragon Summit to be held between November 14 and November 17, later in 2022.  

While the page has now been taken down, a screenshot by the publication does mention Qualcomm saying, “The fifth annual Snapdragon Tech Summit is coming soon, stay tuned for more information.” 

One of the most likely developments to be made official at this event will be Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. With phones running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 not yet launched, it may seem like the next-gen flagship chip is being released too quickly. But Qualcomm has been releasing chip successors every 6 months for a while now since the US-based company adopted a biannual hardware refresh strategy.   

Qualcomm’s Upcoming Snapdragon Summit
*Pic of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit held in 2019

Rumoured Specifications of Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Chipset 

The Snapdragon tech summit is typically a three-day event where Qualcomm debuts its flagship mobile chipsets. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, however, was no exception, since it was unveiled at the previous year’s event on November 30. A few weeks after its official unveiling, Qualcomm’s President and CEO Christiano Amon confirmed that the company’s next flagship mobile processor would be named the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Leaks and rumours since then have revealed that the chip will use a 1+2+2+3 quad-cluster architecture compared to the 1+3+4 tri-cluster architecture of its predecessor. 

Following MediaTek, Qualcomm is one of the largest suppliers of processors and modems for Android smartphones. Currently, the company is yet to make a serious entry into the PC processor market that is continuously dominated by Intel and AMD. Qualcomm is trying to change the aspects. The confirmation comes from the company’s plans, as a part of which, in 2021, it acquired a CPU design company called NUVIA for a staggering amount of $1.4 Billion. Qualcomm’s current flagship laptop processor is the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, launched at 2021’s Qualcomm Tech Summit in Hawaii, alongside the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. It is a 5nm SoC that features a 4+4 CPU architecture with Cortex-X1 and Cortex-A78 cores.  

Another recent leak suggested that Xiaomi 13 will also launch later in 2022, making the November debut of Qualcomm Snapdragon Gen 2 ideal for Xiaomi as well as Motorola. This is because the smartphone companies are racing to launch the first phone with the latest flagship processor. However, Qualcomm strictly follows the ritual of not revealing the Hawaii summit date for five months prior to the event, and this early revelation could be a slip-up by the company.  

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Anwesha Mishra

Anwesha has been a creative writer for a while. Currently, on her pursuit of tech writing, she is diving into the realms of technology to produce better content on the forever-changing world of technology. In her free time, you’ll find her humming tunes of her favourite shows or reading a book.

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