The latest version of Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon processor is set to be launched earlier than usual this year, with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 expected as early as late October, according to local media outlet ITHome. The chipset is usually launched in the fourth quarter every year; last year, it was released on Nov. 16. The latest test results of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 on Geekbench, a popular cross-platform utility for benchmarking the performance of central processing units (CPUs) and graphics processing units (GPUs), show that power consumption has been reduced by 20% compared to the previous generation. The peak frequency of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is 3.2 GHz. [IThome, in Chinese]