The new Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 could be the most expensive chip of this era

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Qualcomm is set to switch to its custom Oryon core with the official announcement of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4. This transition marks the first time Qualcomm completely switches to an in-house CPU design. However, the new chipset is rumoured to be quite expensive, forcing phone manufacturers to carefully evaluate their device configurations to maintain competitive pricing.

For your information, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will likely use TSMC's second-generation 3nm process known as 'N3E', similar to Apple's upcoming M4 and possibly the A18 Pro. This is the first time Qualcomm has used 3nm technology from any foundry, promising better performance but also higher production costs. Digital Chat Station on Weibo mentioned that wafer prices for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 are expected to rise which will increase the overall cost of the chipset.

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In addition, Qualcomm Senior Vice President Chris Patrick previously hinted at a price increase for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 due to the use of the internal Oryon core. Recent rumours suggest that phone makers will face significant pricing challenges, especially for models in the 3,000 yuan (~RM1,983) range.

Besides that, companies like Xiaomi known for affordable flagship devices like the K70 Pro may struggle to maintain their prices with the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 as this may affect their profit margins and shipment volumes. We have yet to confirm other details or the Malaysia release date for the chipset. So, we should wait for more confirmation from the manufacturer.


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