Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 smartphone chipset at the ongoing Snapdragon Summit 2022 in Hawaii. The new SoC improves on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, with beefed-up CPU cores, a new Adreno GPU with Vulkan 1.3 and AV1 decode support, and other features. Most 2023 flagships will almost certainly include the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, but if you’re curious about which phones will include the new SoC, we now have some answers.
Following Qualcomm’s announcement, several Android OEMs revealed information about upcoming devices that will include the new SoC. Motorola, OnePlus, and others have confirmed the names of their next-generation Snapdragon 8 Gen 2-powered flagships in recent Weibo posts. Motorola has revealed that the new chipset will be used in the upcoming Moto X40 (which will most likely be known differently in international markets). OnePlus, too, has announced that the OnePlus 11 series will be among the first to use the new SoC.
Xiaomi has also confirmed that its next-generation flagship will use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, but the company has not yet revealed the name of the device. According to recent leaks, the Chinese OEM will launch the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2-powered Xiaomi 13 series before the end of this year. Furthermore, Oppo has announced that its next Find X series device will be equipped with Qualcomm’s latest flagship SoC. (likely the Find X6 series). Vivo and Nubia’s subsidiaries iQoo and Red Magic will also release Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 devices, namely the iQoo 11 series and the Red Magic 8 Pro.
Although Samsung has not made a similar announcement, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will be included in the company’s upcoming Galaxy S23 lineup. According to rumours, the South Korean conglomerate will launch Snapdragon variants of the Galaxy S23 series in additional regions this year, with some speculating that Samsung may not offer the lineup with an in-house Exynos SoC at all.
These OEMs have not yet shared a release date for their devices. However, we believe the Xiaomi 13 series will be available as soon as next month, with the OnePlus 11 series following early next year. The initial release will most likely be limited to the Chinese market, so you may have to wait a few months before you can get your hands on a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2-powered flagship.