When it comes to performance and energy efficiency, everyone agrees that the M2 chip fromApple enjoys a considerable lead over its competitors Intel and Qualcomm. The latter has been working for a long time on the design of a processor capable of burying the Apple Silicon M2 of MacBooks. To catch up, the Californian founder acquired Nuvia in 2021. The team thus formed has since been working on “a new generation of processors for the Snapdragon and Qualcomm Oryon platforms”.
Although its name is not yet official, the Qualcomm SoC has so far called Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4. Its designers managed to achieve their objectives in terms of performance and efficiency. The chip would be made up of 12 cores, including 8 dedicated to the most complex calculations, and 4 assigned to manage background tasks. On paper therefore, Qualcomm’s offering should be faster than the 4 high-performance cores offered in the M2 MacBook Pros, for example.
Qualcomm prepares to hit back at the Apple M2 with the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4
Although there was once talk of using it in high-end smartphones and tablets, Qualcomm now defines Oryon as a processor dedicated to laptops. The company therefore intends to attract computer manufacturers by giving them the chance to match the best from Apple in speed and autonomy.
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According to the SemiAccurate site, the performance offered by the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4 “is a little better than those of an Apple M2 ». Unfortunately for interested builders, the release of this product is not imminent. Worse still, there’s a good chance the company won’t launch it untilafter the release of the M3 processor. Rumor has it that Apple will introduce this new series of chips in new MacBook Pro, Mac mini and MacBook Air before the end of 2023. The Cupertino company will therefore be able to boast of having a substantial lead over its competitors. for a few more months.