Qualcomm powers the most powerful 2021 flagship Android phones with the Snapdragon 888 and Snapdragon 888+, but what about the most powerful flagship Android phones in 2022? Recently, ARM announced a new flagship CPU based on its new ARM v9 architecture, the flagship Cortex-X2, which gives us a closer look at what the next Snapdragon flagship SoC along with info leaked by Evan Blass (below).
The Cortex-X2 is part of the Cortex-X program that lets partners co-design specialized cores for different needs. The Cortex-X2 is also Arm’s most powerful chip design. Arm claims 16% performance improvement over Cortex-X1. The Cortex-X2 will deliver Ray Tracing and Variable Rate Shading capabilities to ARM powered PC’s, tablets and smartphones. Ray Tracing and Variable Rate Shading only became available to consumers in 2020 with the release of consoles such as Xbox Series X and Nvidia’s RTX GPUs, so to see this experience enhancing tech so soon and in such small packages is nothing short of astounding.
The Arm Mali-G710 with a 20% gaming boost and 20% power efficiency is the baseline for the Cortex-X2 and next Snapdragon flagship Adreno GPU. We should see similar graphical performance gains in the next Snapdragon Adreno GPU. Typical Qualcomm announcements are in the month of December at Qualcomm’s annual Snapdragon Summit, stay tuned for all the latest on Qualcomm’s next flagship Snapdragon SoC.