How to watch the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 announcement livestream

How to watch the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 announcement livestream and what to expect at the event
Qualcomm's yearly Snapdragon Summit has begun! The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 unveiling is now a fact, and an interesting AR platform was showcased on day two. 

What happened on Day 1 of the Snapdragon Summit?

Well – spoilers! – but the name of the article already has the most important announcement highlighted. The long-awaited reveal of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip has finally happened during the first day’s keynote.

Recently, we’ve been getting tons of spec leaks, and we see the chip mentioned quite a lot – hype is the keyword, and it’s valid not only for us geeks but for manufacturers as well. TL;DR: we’re likely to see the chip equipped in a lot of 2023’s flagships.

But what is the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 all about? It’s the latest iteration of silicon after the 8+ Gen 1. It’s an 8-core processor with an Adreno740 GPU, which boasts a core structure much different from what we’ve seen thus far.

Qualcomm often quoted unrivaled AI capabilities about the 8 Gen 2, and a lot of improvements on the media front, such as 200MP photo capture, 8K video recording and spatial sound.  

If all of this sounds like a tech speech smoothie, it can be summarized as: the times they are ‘a changin’. Recent rumors heavily point to the inclusion of the Gen 2 chip in phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S23 and the OnePlus 11

If leaks and rumors such as these are valid methods of measuring demand, then we can expect great things from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. This shows that not only Qualcomm has strong faith in the chip, but phone manufacturers do too.

So what’s the trade-off? Efficiency of the power variety, some think. While all of the setups sound great, we know that performance comes at the cost of power. Some concerns regarding consumption and heat have been raised, but Qualcomm has thus far set expectations for improvements of up to 40%. 

If you are looking to experience the first day of the event in full, check out the recording below:

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Day 2: Qualcomm Beyond Mobile

On Day two of the event, Qualcomm focused on the numerous other projects and products that they offer, ranging from earbuds and laptops to vehicles and AI. The company has described it as going “beyond the smartphone”.

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One of the prominent announcements from Day two was the showcase of a brand new augmented reality platform, namely the Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1. It was described as being 2.5 times more capable in terms of AI performance, while only needing half the power. 

If you want to check out day two in all of it's glory, a recording is available below:

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The most important announcements from the Snapdragon Summit have by now graced our news section, so if you are looking for a more detailed summary of events, head on over and check them out. 

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