Android: High-end smartphones will have to use larger batteries, here’s why

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The rumor comes from Digital Chat Station on Weibo, a generally reliable leaker. According to him, the three flagship smartphones currently in development and expected to be equipped with Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 are all were equipped with batteries of at least 5,500 mAh.

The leaker claims that this shows that the 4th Gen chip needs a lot of power, which will force smartphone manufacturers to turn to higher capacity “high density” batteries to compensate for the higher CPU consumption. Xiaomi 15 may also be one of the first models to become available. Another of his messages even mentioned the possibility that accumulators of at least 6,000 mAh may be required.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 promises more power-hungry

Although the identities of the three devices have not been revealed, speculations point to potential candidates such as the next flagship from OnePlus, Oppo or Xiaomi. These brands usually use Qualcomm’s top chip and hit the market soon after a new version of the processors is released.

So what can explain the high consumption of Snapdragon 8 Gen 4? Some have suggested a link to the chip’s alleged CPU core configuration. Reports suggest that Qualcomm may do away with efficiency cores altogether and opt for a 2+6 configuration consisting of only performance and mid-range cores.

Removing low-power cores optimized for basic tasks can cause the chip to consume more energy even when idle if simple processes don’t have room to run efficiently. But, The equivalent would theoretically be maximizing raw performance when necessary.

Increasing battery capacity is, of course, always welcome. However, if the leaks turn out to be true, the power requirements of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 may also be reflected in other aspects of the smartphones, such as their weight. Not ideal for those who prefer more portable, easy-to-carry devices.

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