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There have been concerns that the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4 may not meet performance expectations. So, if you want to purchase one, you may need to hold your horses for a while.
The news was first broken out by leakers from SemiAccurate. The SoC, which is based on the Nuvia core, is said to be a little better than the Apple M2 but will consume more power. This could make it difficult for Qualcomm to compete with Apple in the high-performance laptop market.
But, which M2 version is the report talking about? The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4 is rumored to have three versions with different core counts and features. The top-end version has 12 cores, 8 performance cores, and 4 power-efficiency cores.
It may have outperformed the original M2, which has 8 cores, 4 performance cores, and 4 power-efficiency cores, but if we’re talking M2 Pro, then it’s something else.
The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4 is also said to have some integration issues between the Nuvia core and the Qualcomm uncore. This could lead to performance problems and instability.
This is not good news, as it is the tech maker’s first SoC to ship with custom Oryon cores after Nuvia’s acquisition.
Speaking of which, didn’t we also mention that Intel’s upcoming Meteor Lake will have an AI feature that makes the batter last longer “by 15%”?