The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is here to run AI on your next phone, whatever that means

Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit 2023 in Maui. The company paid for my trip to the island to check out the next platform that will power phones that will power the Galaxy S24the OnePlus 12and many more of the best phones we expect to see this in 2024. The fulcrum of the next-generation platform will be AI features, although it remains unclear what exactly those will be, which is exactly the point.

Current processing platforms, on most mobile devices and laptops, consist of the CPU for application processing and the GPU for graphics and specialized applications. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3just like the Google Tensor chipsets, has its own chipsets Neural processing unit, or NPU, which is designed to run machine learning (ML) applications and functions. However, unlike Google’s Tensor chipset, Qualcomm isn’t locking its NPU to one company’s ML features.