The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 seems to have power consumption issues, but there is still plenty of time to resolve them
October 3, 2023

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 seems to have power consumption issues, but there is still plenty of time to resolve them

While we wait for October 24th and the launch of the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, it is not out of place to read the rumors surrounding the next Qualcomm chipset – Snapdragon 8 Gen 4. This chip will reportedly be the first Qualcomm SoC to ditch the ARM core design and switch to Oryon cores that were codenamed Phoenix. However, the San Diego company seems to have some energy issues when it comes to its next silicon.

Fortunately, until its release, Qualcomm has a lot of time to spend on solving any problems, considering that many eyes are currently on the launch of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip.

Despite the company also considering TSMC's N3E manufacturing process for next year, which should improve energy efficiency compared to the N4P process used for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, there are rumors of energy issues for its next-generation chip.

This was announced by a well-known insider account from the X network, @Tech_Revethough it says the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will deliver “decent performance.”

However, we should not forget that it is not certain that TSMC will stay in the game to produce the next Qualcomm chip.

Qualcomm reportedly wants to match the performance of the Apple A series of chips, and it is said to have been tested with two high-performance cores and six energy-efficient cores, writes Wccftech. However, the higher frequency on P-cores can potentially lead to a very rapid increase in power consumption.

Even with the A17 Pro found in the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max and manufactured for Apple by TSMC on a 3 nm process, the company still had to increase power consumption to get adequate performance compared to its predecessor, the A16 Bionic chip.

However, at this point, we cannot conclude whether the TSMC N3E production process or Qualcomm's desire to increase the performance of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 are the possible culprits, since the focus this month is definitely the release of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip. Also, it is still not entirely clear which manufacturer Qualcomm will produce its next chip, as Samsung might also enter the game.