Changing the way of naming Snapdragon chips – 3 digits become 1 digit
On the eve of the annual Snapdragon Tech Summit – which is scheduled to be held on November 30 – Qualcomm He announced fundamental changes in the way of branding his processors. To begin with, we must point out that from now on, Snapdragon is considered an independent brand and will be separated from the Qualcomm brand. In this way, we will no longer see the word Qualcomm in the title of Snapdragon chips. Of course, this approach was keyed a while ago, because in the unveiling of Snapdragon 888 Plus, the empty place of the word “Qualcomm” was seen.
Most likely, the biggest change is related to the naming of Snapdragon chips. For several years, Qualcomm has been using a 3-digit system to name its chips (like Snapdragon 480, Snapdragon 765 or Snapdragon 888). In this way, the first digit of the chipset series and subsequently shows its processing power. In this way, series 4 chips (such as Snapdragon 480) are low-end chipsets, and series 8 chips (such as Snapdragon 888) are considered flagship chipsets of this company. The second digit usually indicates annual releases of a chip generation (like going from Snapdragon 865 to 870). The third digit also mainly indicates that the chip has been updated (for example, Updated version Snapdragon 765G).
Besides, the use of three digits at the beginning of the names is a bit incomprehensible And confusingly, the other problem with this naming convention is that Qualcomm can’t continue this way anymore because it will come up with a low number to name its new chipsets! Currently the latest chip from the 6 series, the Snapdragon 695 and as you can see Yes, the naming capacity of this series has been exhausted. The 8-series chips – which reached 888 last year – are on the verge of reaching capacity.
Qualcomm plans to change the way of naming its chips in such a way that a number represents the series and then the generation number is mentioned. This method will happen for the first time in the new generation of 8 series flagship chips. As such, the chipset that was thought to be called Snapdragon 898 based on the previous procedure may be called Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. If this hypothesis is true, the next generation of this chip will be produced in 2022 under the name of Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
It is interesting to know that this style is not so new for Qualcomm because this company has already used this naming method for its PC processors, such as Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 or Snapdragon 7c Gen 2. But in the meantime Some aspects of this method may be ambiguous. For example, the Snapdragon chips in the 7, 6, and 4 series each contain several members that exist in parallel in the series. Now, if Qualcomm wants to implement this new naming method in these three series, the situation becomes a little complicated.