Qualcomm Oryon CPU

Credit: Qualcomm

2022 might go down as the year of the tech pre-announcement. First, Google pre-teased its Pixel 7 and Pixel Tablet at I/O. Following its Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 announcement, Qualcomm has shared the name of its next-gen CPU product well ahead of an actual product launch.

Oryon is the name (spellchecker be damned) of Qualcomm’s next CPU, which will eventually replace the long-running Kryo tagline we’ve come to associate with every Qualcomm CPU release since 2015. There’s a good reason for the change in naming convention, though, Oryon represents a major shift in Qualcomm’s computing roadmap and ambitions.