Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 Specs leak: Oryon CPUs, Adreno 830 and more

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 specs leaks are here and they show that Qualcomm are set to redefine mobile processing with a cutting edge 3nm TSMC process, powerful Oryon cores, and an Adreno 830 GPU which outpaces the Apple M2. Are you ready for this one?

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In the fiercely competitive world of smartphone processors, Qualcomm has long been a key player. It regularly vies for the top spot with giants like Apple and MediaTek. After a slight dip in performance, Qualcomm has bounced back with smart innovation and strategic acquisitions and the company is gearing up for a groundbreaking move with the upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 4. Oh yes, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 specs leak is out.

To understand these leaks, we'll have closely examined them to see what they reveal and if truly, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is a game changer.

Competing at the pinnacle demands cutting-edge innovation and technology, and Qualcomm knows it. This is why they parted with the big bucks to acquire Nuvia and they have been well rewarded for this decision. The stellar performance of both the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 and the Snapdragon X Elite are a testament to this. Yet, Qualcomm remains unsatisfied and is set on pushing the boundaries further.

This leak provides intriguing insights into several key aspects of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, giving us a glimpse into the future of smartphone processing.

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1. Fabrication Process (3nm TSMC)

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is set to be built on the TSMC N3E, dismissing earlier rumors of a dual-sourced approach with Samsung 3GAP. This is in line with industry expectations, as N3E promises a cost-effective and better node, surpassing its predecessor, N3B.

2. CPU Cores - Enter Oryon

Qualcomm is also poised to elevate the performance of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4. It plans to do this with the use of Oryon cores from the Snapdragon X Elite for its high-performance CPUs. This promises a significant leap in processing capabilities.

3. Power Efficiency

There have been concerns about power efficiency due to the use of the Oryon cores. These are PC-grade CPUs and require a lot of battery to run. However, Qualcomm seems to have either addressed these concerns or are not too bothered about them. The leak boasts that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 CPU reaches up to an impressive 10,000 points in Geekbench 6, whilst maintaining a decent power consumption.

This score beats the benchmarks set by its predecessors, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 as well as the A17 Pro from Apple. Qualcomm's commitment to efficiency cannot be questioned but these are just leaks and so should be taken with a pinch of salt.

4. Adreno 830 GPU Performance

The Adreno 830 GPU is anticipated to be a game-changer, outshining even the Apple M2 by 10%. Benchmark numbers from the 3DMark Wild Life Extreme project that the GPU performance on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is double (×2) that of the 8 Gen 2 in just two years.

This GPU performance leap places the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 in the class of dedicated laptop GPUs. Could we see PC games on smartphones in the future?

5. Phoenix-L and Phoenix-M

It would seem that Qualcomm are dumping DynamIQ and are going back to the big.LITTLE (2P + 6E) configuration which utilizes Phoenix-L and Phoenix-M cores. The Phoenix-L CPU cores are Qualcomm Oryon cores (from the Snapdragon X Elite) and will they will act as the performance cores. The Phoenix-M efficiency cores on the other hand are a different thing entirely. We don't exactly know what they are. Is Phoenix-M a new design or a derivative of Phoenix-L?

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A lot of tech outlets have already gone to town with the news that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 won't be using ”small cores”. So it would be safe to assume that the Phoenix-M cores could be a derivative of the Phoenix-L (Oryon) cores.

Release Date Anticipation

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is not expected until next Snapdragon Summit in Q4 2024, if we are to follow the pattern of the past releases. With less than a year until the anticipated revelation, Qualcomm enthusiasts are on the edge of their seats, eager to witness the next evolution in mobile computing power.


In conclusion, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 leak unveils a promising future for Qualcomm, showcasing a blend of innovation, power efficiency, and gaming prowess. As the mobile processing landscape evolves, Qualcomm's strategic moves indicate a commitment to staying at the forefront of technological advancements. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is poised to be a game-changer in the ever-evolving world of smartphone processors.


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