Qualcomm and Samsung Debut the Most Advanced Snapdragon Ever

Samsung and Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3

The strategic partnership between Qualcomm and Samsung has borne more fruit with today’s announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S24 series smartphones. The trio of new handhelds are powered by Qualcomm’s most advanced chipset yet, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Mobile Platform.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is in the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra worldwide and the S24 and S24 Plus in select markets. The new processor powers the brand-new Galaxy AI technology, which brings many AI-powered features to the S24 family, including generative image editing tools and live translation.

“We’re proud to continue working alongside Samsung to lead this new era for the mobile industry and provide consumers with extraordinary premium experiences,” says Chris Patrick, senior vice president and general manager of mobile handset, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

“Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy instills its advanced AI capabilities in the Galaxy S24 series to enable new experiences with everyday life. It also fuels advanced professional-quality camera, gaming experiences and ultra-fast connectivity including Wi-Fi 7, plus offers one of the most reliable authentication solutions available with our Qualcomm 3D Sonic Gen 2 technology,” Patrick continues.

Updated Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 visual

“Our strategic partnership with Qualcomm Technologies spans more than two decades, which speaks volumes to our strong relationship,” says Inkang Song, VP and Head of Technology Strategy team at Samsung Mobile. “They are at the forefront of the mobile industry, and now of on-device intelligence — the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy sets the bar for premium mobile and Gen AI experiences. With the flagship Galaxy S24 series, Qualcomm and Samsung will provide consumers with the most premium and advanced mobile experiences to date, with Galaxy AI.”

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy promises some major improvements, including a 20% increase in CPU performance, a 30% bump for GPU, and a 41% improvement in neural processing performance. The chip also supports Ray Tracing, although to what extent in mobile games remains to be seen.

The chipset powers numerous AI features, including Live Translate, Generative Edit, Nightography, AI Zoom, Transcript Assist, Chat Assist, Note Assist, and Circle to Search with Google. These features are detailed in PetaPixel‘s hands-on impressions of the new Galaxy S24 smartphones.

The Samsung Galaxy S24 smartphones are available to pre-order now and are scheduled to ship on January 31.

Update: This article has been updated with a revised graphic from Qualcomm. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy promises a 20% increase in CPU performance, a 30% GPU improvement, and a 41% neural processing improvement compared to the processor in the Galaxy S23. The original version of the image showed 20%, 26%, and 42% gains, respectively.

Image credits: Samsung and Qualcomm