Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Price Increase: 25% Higher Than Previous SoC

Oh boy, Qualcomm’s really in a pickle this time. Their latest and greatest, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Chipset, is causing quite the stir. Why? Well, it’s asking for a 25% price hike over its older sibling, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Now, Qualcomm’s buddies, the phone makers, are scratching their heads. Do they eat up the cost or make us, the buyers, foot the bill? This could really throw a wrench in anyone’s plans to snag a new phone in 2024.

And then there’s the Samsung Galaxy S24 series. Ah, the drama continues. Qualcomm’s price hikes aren’t exactly a plot twist; we’ve seen this movie before. But this time, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 has hit a new milestone – breaking the $200 barrier. Thanks to a sneaky leak on X, we know the price jumped from 1160 to 1400 Yuan. That’s a solid 25% increase, folks.

Samsung’s latest, the Galaxy S24 series, is feeling the heat with those price tags soaring. In a clever move, Samsung’s leaning on the Exynos 2400 chip for some markets. It’s their way of saying, “We got you,” keeping the phones somewhat affordable without slashing their profits. They’ve played this card before and it looks like they’re not putting it away anytime soon.

But here’s the kicker – in the U.S., the Galaxy S24 Ultra is now priced at a whopping $1,299.99. That’s a $100 bump from last year, all thanks to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3’s price hike. And don’t hold your breath for prices to drop. A Qualcomm exec hinted that the next-gen chips might be even pricier. Yikes.

Now, let’s not forget about MediaTek, the underdog stepping up. With smartphone prices going through the roof, MediaTek’s Dimensity 9400 is looking pretty good right about now. After their Dimensity 9300 made waves last year, they’re gearing up to launch its successor. And just in time, too, as Qualcomm’s prices are making phone makers and us consumers think twice.

MediaTek’s Dimensity 9400 is waiting in the wings, ready to swoop in later this year. It’s MediaTek’s chance to shine, offering a wallet-friendly alternative to Qualcomm’s pricey chips. As chip costs soar, brands like Samsung, Xiaomi, and OnePlus are caught in a tough spot, trying to balance costs without scaring us off. MediaTek might just be the hero we need right now.

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