Smartphones are incredible technologies. They keep us connected to the world on the go and have come a long way in terms of performance and functionality over the years. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ is the latest mobile platform from Qualcomm, and offers a number of major improvements over older versions. Here are six of the biggest upgrades you can expect to see with this new chip.
The American chipmaker Qualcomm is a major player in the smartphone chip industry. In fact, many brands as well as consumers are eagerly awaiting their new chips. Although the MediaTek is now seriously catching up with Qualcomm in the flagship chip market, the former still has an advantage. After SD 8 Gen 1, the company announced a new flagship processor. Yesterday, Qualcomm officially announced the next generation chip on the Snapdragon 8 mobile platform, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. Well, that’s the name the company has chosen. Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. We all expected this chip to be called SD 8 Gen 1+, but that’s not what happened.
The new flagship platform, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, achieves a double leap in power efficiency and performance. According to reports, this chip comes with significant changes in six aspects: power efficiency, performance, artificial intelligence capabilities, camera features, connectivity, and security. This time, the company uses TSMC’s 4nm process in the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. Remember that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 uses TSMC’s 4nm process. Samsung. However, SD 8+ still uses an eight-core architecture comprising 1 Cortex X2 super core + 3 A710 big cores + 4 A510 small cores. Officially, your performance improves by 10%. Although a 10% improvement in performance may be minimal, the chip also optimizes its power consumption. Compared to the previous generation, the power consumption of this chip is reduced by approximately 15%.
Let’s take a look at the six major Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ SoC updates.
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Supports Qualcomm’s seventh-generation AI engine, which is optimized based on SD8 Gen 1 for overall AI power efficiency. It also provides almost 20% improvement in energy efficiency.
Snapdragon view image
Support 18-bit Qualcomm Spectra triple ISP and 8K HDR video shooting.
Snapdragon sound audio
Supports Qualcomm’s aptX audio technology, combined with the FastConnect 6900 mobile connection system, to create the best audio experience;
Snapdragon elite game
Supports all Snapdragon Elite Gaming features, including stereoscopic rendering;
Based on Snapdragon X65 modem 5G and the radio frequency system, with the FastConnect 6900 mobile backhaul system, provides downlink throughput of up to 10 Gbps and extremely fast uplink throughput. It also supports dual card 5G + 5G dual pass functionality.
Snapdragon secure security
Supports Qualcomm’s Secure Processing Unit (SPU) and Secure Execution Environment (QTEE) android Ready SE, providing consumers with a safe flagship experience.
Many manufacturers and OEM brands around the world will adopt the new generation Snapdragon 8 series. The press conference mentioned that Xiaomi will be the first to launch a smartphone with the new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. However, other brands such as iQOO, Realme, and OnePlus’ new flag will have smartphones in the first batch.
Now, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and MediaTek Dimensity 9000 both use TSMC’s 4nm process. The launch of Qualcomm’s new mobile platform has put a lot of pressure on MediaTek.
SNAPDRAGON 8+ GEN 1 – Improved performance and thermal management
As we said earlier, the SD 8+ Gen 1 comes with decent improvements and modest speed. One of the main interesting aspects of this chip is probably the energy efficiency. We all know the big question with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
The chip is fast but, like the Snapdragon 888, the 8 Gen 1 gives off a lot of heat. Moreover, these chips (SD888 and SD8 Gen1) also consume a lot of power. The new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 solves these problems; performance is increased by 10%, while energy efficiency benefits from a significant improvement of around 30%.
The configuration and architecture of the cores are the same, however, the ARM Cortex-X2 pico core can now reach 3.2 GHz. It matches the supreme speeds of the Snapdragon 870 from 2021. The 3 ARM Cortex-A710 (Gold) cores hit 2.75 GHz, while the Cortex-A510 (Silver) is boosted to 2.0 GHz.
For comparison, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 had clock speeds of 3.0 GHz, 2.5 GHz, and 1.8 GHz. Overall power efficiency at the SoC level has improved by 15%. According to the company, a phone that uses the same chipset can transmit video for 1 hour and 30 minutes longer than a phone that uses the older chip. When it comes to light use, the difference easily climbs to almost 6 hours.
The material remains the same
Looking at SD 8 Gen 1 and SD 8+ Gen 1, the only difference is the manufacturer, efficiency, performance and power consumption. Hardware-wise, both chips use the same, with SD 8+ Gen 1 supporting up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage.
The display controller can handle QHD+ at up to 144Hz or 4K at 60Hz, with 10-bit rendering, HDR 10+ support, and theoretical peak speeds of 10Gbps. The chip also supports Wi-Fi 6/6E up to 3.6 GHz and Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity with support for aptX lossless audio and Bluetooth LE.
According to the chipmaker, SD 8+ Gen 1 smartphones will arrive from Q3 (July and September). Unlike previous generations, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 will appear on many other smartphones. Many companies are preparing new competitors. ASUS, Black Shark, Honor, Lenovo, Nubia, Motorola, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Vivo, ZTE, OSOM is preparing smartphones with the new chip. According to leaks, Samsung is readying variants of its new foldable with the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1.
MOTOROLA confirms SNAPDRAGON 8+ GEN 1
A few days ago, Chen Jin, general manager of Lenovo’s mobile phone business in China, announced that Motorola’s flagship device powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 will soon debut. Chen Jin says Motorola will deliver an all-encompassing improvement and a truly powerful SD 8+ Gen 1 flagship, with all-around innovation ranging from ultra-high resolution computing imaging to launching performance and experience.
Motorola claims that the power consumption of the CPU of this new processor is reduced by approximately 30% compared to SD 8 Gen 1. In addition, the power consumption of the GPU has also been reduced by up to 30%. The company estimates that the overall power consumption of the platform is reduced by around 15% compared to SD 8 Gen 1. However, Snapdragon claims that the improvement in overall power consumption is 10%. .
It should be noted that in December 2021, Motorola launched the world’s cheapest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 smartphone with a starting price of 2999 yuan ($448). In line with Motorola’s pricing strategy, the next new product is expected to be the more affordable Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which is worth looking forward to.