Snapdragon 8 Gen1 Plus vs ‘Non-Plus’: what changes?

Yesterday, when we were telling you about the launch of Qualcomm’s new SoC, the Snapdragon 8 Gen1+, we were telling you that if you happen to have a high-end smartphone in your pocket, well… No longer have it.

Something interesting to say, because truth be told, on paper, the differences are not that many. However, in the real world, switching to “Plus” models has many advantages.

First, do you know why? It’s about changing the production lines!

Snapdragon 8 Gen1 Plus vs ‘Non-Plus’: what changes?

So, in case you didn’t know, for the Snapdragon 8 Gen1+, Qualcomm decided to move from bags and luggage to TSMC’s 4nm lines, leaving Samsung to its fate.

Which, in turn, was a decision that is already starting to pay off, despite Qualcomm’s obvious monetary investment, which could possibly make the next wave of launches more expensive in the second half of 2022.

Very briefly, TSMC’s 4nm process is truly more advanced in every way! It’s more powerful, it’s more efficient, and of course, it’s cooler. After all, what good is a manufacturer saying that the SoC reaches 3 GHz, if afterwards, it rarely gets there, or only gets there for a few seconds, due to the thermal inability to support high frequencies. That’s exactly what TSMC’s 4nm lines have solved.

What are the differences in practice?

Whereas last year, the only difference between the SD888 and the SD888+ was in the processor frequency, the Cortex-X2 core being able to go up to 2.995 GHz. In 2020, with the Snapdragon 8 Gen1+, we will see improvements in CPU and GPU frequencies. All this combined with many other improvements in the field of energy and thermal efficiency.

Thus, the Cortex-X2 core now reaches 3.2 GHz instead of 3.0 GHz, the three A710 cores reach 2.8 GHz instead of 2.5 GHz, and finally, the four Cortex-A510 cores reach 2, 0 GHz instead of “only” 1.8 GHz. As for the GPU, the frequency is now 10% higher, in any situation.

On top of all that, Qualcomm also claims there’s an improvement in power management of around 15% in day-to-day use. Which in turn helps to increase efficiency by around 30%.

Do we have any other news, or new features?

No, we have nothing left to separate the Plus version from the original version that brings life to so many Android devices in the market.

In fact, the new version is supposed to cohabit with the “old” processor! With the real possibility of launching new devices, based on the old chip, while other manufacturers are betting on the “new”. (The new SD 8 Gen1 is probably significantly more expensive than the older SoC, such is TSMC’s asking price for using its lines).

In short, while there aren’t any new features or big news, the jump from Snapdragon 8 Gen1 to 8 Gen1+ means a really, really significant performance boost, across the board.

Besides, what do you think of all this? Interested in a new Android smartphone based on this processor, or are you going to wait a little longer and see if the old high-end ones drop in price?

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