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Qualcomm ups the sport with the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and seven Gen 1

Qualcomm introduced its new high-end processors for 2022, and the spotlight is a revamped mannequin for Android’s flagship SoC: the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. Regardless of the small improve normally seen with “+” fashions, the brand new chip guarantees a giant leap in vitality effectivity.


TL;DR

  • Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and seven Gen 1 had been introduced by Qualcomm.
  • New flagship SoC guarantees 30% higher vitality consumption.
  • Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 is positioned to face the Dimensity and Exynos rivals.

In addition to the brand new 8+ Gen 1, Qualcomm additionally offered the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, its new mid-range processor for this yr, and its new platform for XR units: The confusingly named Snapdragon XR2 Gen 1.

Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1: Flagship developed

The primary announcement is unquestionably the brand new top-of-the-line Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. Because the title suggests, the brand new SoC is an upgraded model of the chip introduced late final yr, and located in most flagship Android telephones in 2022.

Qualcomm managed to squeeze an additional 10% of efficiency from the present quickest Android SoC, each from the CPU and GPU. Extra importantly, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is as much as 30% extra power-efficient usually and graphic processing when in comparison with its predecessor.

Infographic showcasing the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 energy savings
Qualcomm says that players can count on as much as 60 further minutes of gameplay in comparison with the common 8 Gen 1 / © Qualcomm

Such effectivity enchancment is remarkable in Qualcomm’s “+” fashions, which normally solely convey a slight overclock whereas protecting (or worsening) vitality consumption. In the identical line, the half quantity (or codename) obtained a giant bump from SM8450 to SM8475, as a substitute of the standard “AB” or “AC” suffix, like within the Snapdragons 865+ and 870 (SM8250-AB & AC, from the unique SM8250 adopted by the unique 865).

With the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 nonetheless utilizing a “4 nm” manufacturing course of, the effectivity enchancment and codename change strongly trace at Qualcomm migrating from Samsung Foundry to TSMC because the manufacturing associate.

Higher energy effectivity shouldn’t solely enhance battery life however may repair the thermal throttling and overheating points discovered in lots of flagship telephones in 2022.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 reference design
The no-thrills, bezel-less design used within the reference platform, sadly, has little likelihood to come back to market / © Qualcomm

Relating to specs, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 makes use of the identical processing blocks because the common mannequin, with eight CPU cores, the Adreno GPU, Snapdragon X65 5G modem with help for as much as 10 Gbps downlink, Wi-Fi 6E help, and the Spectra picture processor (ISP) for as much as 200 megapixels images.

The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 will arrive in telephones anticipated to launch in Q3 2022, from manufacturers together with Asus, Black Shark, Honor, iQOO, Lenovo, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, Oppo, Osom, Realme, RedMagic, Redmi, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE, principally each model not known as Apple, Sony, or Samsung.

Snapdragon 7 Gen 1: Gaming and photograph upgrades

For the mid-range market, Qualcomm will supply the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 SoC, the successor to the extremely popular 778G and 768G processors. The intermediate chip has a tough process forward, with fashions from rivals MediaTek and Samsung getting very aggressive on this phase.

To maintain up with the market calls for, the 7 Gen 1 guarantees 20% quicker gaming efficiency over the 778G, due to the (unnamed) Adreno GPU. Additionally price noting is the improve to the ISP, now able to capturing images at as much as 200 megapixels, or from three totally different cameras concurrently.

Infographic showcasing the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 main features
Qualcomm opted to focus on the Snap 7 Gen 1 improved gaming efficiency, with no point out of higher effectivity / © Qualcomm

The Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 can also be appropriate with 5G networks — as much as 4.4 Gbps downlink — and its wi-fi capabilities embrace Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3.

The brand new mid-range processor is fabbed in an undisclosed 4 nm course of, and telephones powered by the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 are anticipated to launch in Q2 2022, from manufacturers like Honor, Oppo, and Xiaomi.

Snapdragon XR2 reference platform for the Metaverse

With the hype across the Metaverse nonetheless going sturdy, Qualcomm additionally introduced its Snapdragon XR2 Gen 1 reference design. Though not a client machine, the design seems able to be rebranded and offered by OEMs, with a 40% thinner profile and higher weight distribution.

Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Gen 1 augmented reality glasses reference design
The XR2 reference design shares processing duties with a smartphone wirelessly / © Qualcomm

As a substitute of the large, boxy, sq. glasses we’re accustomed to seeing within the VR house, the reference design seems nearer to a smooth AR idea.

To realize this, the glasses pair with a smartphone utilizing 5 or 6 GHz Wi-Fi to dump computing duties, receiving the rendered frames. That not solely saves on house for the SoC parts but in addition battery consumption.

Qualcomm is sampling the Snapdragon XR2 reference design to companions, and the corporate expects to see industrial merchandise based mostly on it within the coming months.

We’re keen to check Qualcomm’s claims of higher efficiency and effectivity for each Snapdragon SoCs. Go away a remark saying which part are you most involved in seeing on retailer cabinets.

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