As expected, just after Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 a number of companies took to Weibo to announce that their next flagship will use the new chip. During the announcement Qualcomm did share a list of brands working on a Gen 2 powered phone, but some might need longer than others. Here are the ones racing to be first on the market.
OnePlus opens with a big promise – the OnePlus 11 series will be the first with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (more rumored details here). It doesn’t go into details, so we don’t know how many phones to expect.
Xiaomi also calls “first”, so we can expect the Xiaomi 13 series to arrive soon packing a Gen 2 chipset. Will it beat OnePlus to market? Hard to tell for now, but the first phones using the new chip will be out before the end of the year.
OnePlus and Xiaomi are working on Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 flagships
Oppo also throws its hat in the ring – the Oppo Find X6 Pro will be powered by Qualcomm’s new top chip (though the vanilla X6 might use the 8+ Gen 1 instead). The post on Weibo also says “first”, but we’re not sure if this means “first in the family” or “first ever”. They can’t all be first.
Meanwhile, Motorola confirms that the Moto X40 series will jump aboard the Gen 2 train. This means that the Edge 40 series will as well, at least the higher end models.
The Oppo Find X6 and Motorola Moto X40 series will use the Gen 2
vivo wants in on the action too, so the upcoming X90 series will use the new chip (the X90 Pro+ already ran Geekbench). The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will be popular with gaming phones, so the iQOO 11 will use it as well (and was benchmarked as well).
The vivo X90 and iQOO 11 series be powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
As will the Red Magic 8 Pro (and the vanilla model, presumably). Parent company ZTE is also teasing a new flagship, this should fall under the Axon brand (so Axon 50). The sibling series is getting the new chip, so expect to see it in select nubia Z50 models.
Red Magic, ZTE and nubia are also working on Gen 2 powered flagships
Remember Meizu? It has been going through a rough patch, but its Weibo account claims that the company is working on an SD 8 Gen 2 phone as well (as a reminder, Meizu is now under Geely’s wing, which is working on launching a new smartphone company).
Meizu is planning a comeback with an SD 8 Gen 2 phone
Note that are only the first wave of Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 launches, there are more on the way. Below is the list that Qualcomm shared when it announced the new chip. And even this is not complete as Samsung, for example, is missing and we know that it will use it in its 2023 flagships (most likely for the S-series and certainly for the Z-series).