While the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 proved to be a great processor for the current crop of flagship phones based on our experience with the OnePlus 11, Galaxy S23 series, and Xiaomi 13 series, there are already reports about the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. One of these interesting rumors about the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is that it will have an unusual CPU core configuration.
While the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 used a 1/4/3 CPU configuration, the Gen 3 will go for a 2/3/2/1 setup. According to reports, this will consists of a Xx Gold+ core, two A7xx Titanium cores, three A7xx Gold cores, and two A5xx silver cores. This will be the first time that Qualcomm will use the Titanium branding, so it will be interesting to see how different it will be from the Gold CPU cores.
Unusual CPU configuration aside, one of the bigger changes in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is that it will be the first Qualcomm chip to completely drop support for 32-bit—this means that you cannot run old Android apps with this processor.
Another rumored upgrade on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is its Adreno 750 GPU, which is said to be clocked at 770Mhz–though that may change with the final and official build. For software, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is expected to support Linux Kernel 6.1 on Android.
As to when Qualcomm will unveil the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, we are looking at a December announcement during the annual Snapdragon Summit, which also means that we should not expect a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 happening.