It has always been rumored and leaked, but now Qualcomm has officially unveiled its new flagship circuit. However, the name did not really become the unofficial rumored Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus even though the official name is similar – Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1.
One big difference compared to its predecessor is that it is based on TSMC’s 4nm rather than 4nm technology from Samsung Foundry, which according to Qualcomm offers 15 percent better power efficiency. It also managed to increase the clock speed of both the CPU and GPU by 10 percent.
The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 consists of one Cortex-X2 core clocked at 3.2GHz, three Cortex-A710 cores clocked at 2.75GHz, and four Cortex-A510 cores clocked at 2GHz.
The graphics processor is Adreno 730 running at 900MHz, and according to Qualcomm, the GPU’s power consumption has been reduced by 30 percent. It supports HDR and can run 4K screens at 60Hz and with QHD+ at 144Hz.
Camera features include support for up to 200MP sensors. For photography, it also offers shutter without any lag in 108MP sensor combos, 64MP+36MP sensors, or 36MP+36MP+36MP sensors. Video can be recorded in up to 4K resolution with 120 frames per second and 8K resolution with 30 frames per second.
Much different from its predecessor Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 but with the Snapdragon X65 5G modem for mmWave and support for sub-6GHz 5G connectivity, and according to Qualcomm it is possible to get maximum charging speeds of up to 10Gbps. 5G can run on both SIM cards and it supports 4×4 MIMO on 6GHz subnets and 2×2 MIMO on mmWave networks.
Dual satellite frequencies can be positioned and support Beidou, Galileo, GLONASS, NavIC, GPS and QZSS.
Other connections include Wi-Fi 6E (with MU-MIMO), Bluetooth 5.3 (which includes LE Audio, aptX, aptX Adaptive, and LDAC), NFC, and USB 3.1.
The first devices to be launched with the new processor may be Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4, which may be presented in August or September.
Snapdragon 7 first generation
Qualcomm also introduced the new generation, which is primarily designed for use in mid-range mobile phones. In a way, we see it as a successor to the Snapdragon 778, but thanks to its 4nm technology, it should have better power efficiency and 20 percent faster graphics thanks to the new Adreno GPU, as well as faster 5G and improved Wi-Fi support. -Fi 6 / 6E thanks to the new Snapdragon X62 modem. It has also been equipped with the seventh generation of AI engine that will provide 30 percent faster processing of AI. It also offers Trust Management Engine and Android Ready SE support, making the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 secure enough to handle digital car keys, mobile driver licenses and credentials.
On the camera fronts, it supports 200MP sensors and 4K video recording with HDR support.
The Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 may appear as early as this quarter, and manufacturers close to introducing the first devices include Honor, OPPO, and Xiaomi.
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