Qualcomm Hints Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 Phones to Be More Expensive

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Although the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor has just been released, we are already hearing rumors about the successor to the next generation Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 processor, which is expected to appear on many phones in 2024. And while not many details are known yet, we may have a hint at the price courtesy of Qualcomm. Let’s discuss what the Qualcomm team said about the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 about the expected price for 8 Gen 4 and what this means for upcoming smartphones in 2024.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is expected to be more expensive; Qualcomm VP Tips

In a question-and-answer session for various media associations with Qualcomm, the company discussed its goals for the next-generation Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 processor. Respond to a question from Android AuthorityQualcomm Senior Vice President Chris Patrick confirmed that the next processor (8 Gen 4) for future phones is expected to reach “amazing levels of performance”, and to achieve that they expect “the (Snapdragon 8) Gen 4 to have some cost increase”.

“We expect the (Snapdragon 8) Gen 4 to have some cost increase as we aim for truly amazing levels of performance (sic)”
Chris Patrick via Android Authority

What does this mean for future smartphones? Currently, one of the most expensive smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, costs $1199. Hopefully the S24 Ultra will be released for the same price. The new S24 Ultra is expected to include an Exynos variant and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 variant.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra with Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy processor
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy

Then there’s Samsung’s next flagship phone, also known as the S25 Ultrawould the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 processor. We could definitely see the price ceiling for a flagship Android smartphone getting higher, maybe even closer $1400 when it launches. Please note that this is pure speculation based on Qualcomm’s comments about their next processor.

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Qualcomm also mentioned some other plans for its Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 processor. During the 8 Gen 3’s launch event, the company said that their next 2024 flagship SoC will feature ‘Oryon CPU Cores’. This is a very big problem! This is because the architecture will probably be a scaled down version of the Snapdragon. These were ordinary announced for Windows PCs. These X Elite processors were announced with competent single-core performance. Qualcomm also said it had 70% lower power consumption compared to a leading Core i9 mobile processor from Intel.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 gen 4
A scaled-down ‘Qualcomm Oryon’ CPU core architecture is expected in Snapdragon 8 Gen 4

Nevertheless, it will be exciting and nerve-wracking to see how much price increase we can see with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 chip. What do you think of the company’s comments? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Featured image courtesy: snapdragon event livestream

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