Qualcomm Snapdragon 6s Gen 3

  • Qualcomm has quietly launched the Snapdragon 6s Gen 3 SoC in 4G and 5G variants.
  • The 6s Gen 3 is similar to the Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, which is, in turn, similar to the Snapdragon 695 SoC.
  • Based on the specifications, the Snapdragon 6s Gen 3 sits below the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1.

Qualcomm made the leap to a “simplified” naming scheme with the launch of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in 2021, promising a lineup that would be easier for consumers to understand. We’re now deep in 2024, and Qualcomm’s naming scheme is in a really bad spot. Qualcomm has released plenty of confusing SoC versions following no discernible hierarchy, making it challenging to rank phones at a glance. The company has quietly launched the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 6s Gen 3, which appears to be a slightly better version of the Snapdragon 695 from 2021 but seemingly much worse than the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 from 2022.

The Snapdragon 6s Gen 3 has the model number SM6375-AC, which puts it closer to the Snapdragon 695 (SM6375) than to the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 (SM6450). When you go through the specifications of the 6s Gen 3, you’d be hard-pressed to find any real differences between it and the Snapdragon 695 other than a tiny increase in clock speeds.