Qualcomm's Next Top-Tier Android Chip Adds Ray Tracing, Wi-Fi 7 Connectivity

From CNET: Next year's top-of-the-line Android phones will feature smarter AI, offer better power efficiency, bake in ray tracing and connect to next-gen home Wi-Fi, thanks to the new premium chipset that Qualcomm revealed Tuesday at its annual Snapdragon Summit.

The new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset is faster and more efficient than its predecessors, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and 8 Gen 1 Plus. Qualcomm's top-tier chips power the priciest Android phones that compete with Apple's iPhones. The first phones sporting the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 are expected to launch by the end of 2022.

Phones using the new silicon will come from brands like OnePlus, Asus, Vivo and Oppo, though Qualcomm hasn't revealed specific models yet.

Pointedly missing from this list is Samsung, which typically includes the latest premium Snapdragon chipset in its flagship S-series handsets that launch early each year. We'd expect the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S23 to include the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, but there's always a chance -- however slim -- that Samsung will buck tradition and go with a different chipset.

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