Qualcomm has officially released its flagship processor that will power most high-end Android devices in 2022. This new chip will be called the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Based on the capabilities of this chip that Qualcomm announced at their annual tech summit, this new chip will be a huge upgrade compared to the updates they have been making the last couple of years.
This new chip will be the successor to the Snapdragon 888, powering some of the best smartphones in 2021, including the Galaxy S21 ultra, One Plus 9 Pro, and many more. Qualcomm adopted a new naming scheme different from the previous generation because they are trying to usher in a new generation of chips.
In this year’s chip, Qualcomm’s major focus was on Camera technology, AI, 5G, power efficiency, and security.
This new chip uses Arms latest Armv9 architecture that enhances performance and power efficiency. It is also built on Qualcomm’s new 4nm process, an upgrade from last year’s 5nm that the Snapdragon 888 used. As a result, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will have 20% more CPU power. It will also be 30% more power-efficient than the Snapdragon 888.
The chip will have eight cores that will include;
- Price core based on the Cortex-X2 with up to 3.0GHz
- Three performance cores based on Cortex-A710 at 2.5GHz,
- And four efficiency cores based on the Cortex-A510 design with up to 1.8GHz
This kind of power will be an overkill for most users. However, the power efficiency will likely lead to better battery life for most devices.
When it comes to graphics, this chip will use the Adreno GPU, which they promise will deliver up to 30% better graphics performance. This new GPU will also be 25% more power-efficient than the current GPU in the Snapdragon 888. The new GPU will also feature a control panel that users can take advantage of to fine-tune their gaming performance.
Another major update that Qualcomm announced is the advanced features in Qualcomm’s new 5G modem. This new modem is built on the existing mmWave and sub-6GHz compatibility of the previous generation. However, the speeds have been upgraded to up 10Gps. These speeds may not be achieved in the real world, but at least expect to see an improved and more stable 5G network on your device.
Qualcomm also announced a couple of camera updates coming to the Image signal processing (ISP). Some of the major ones include support for an 18-bit system, which means 4,096 times more camera data processed than the previous generation. The new ISP will also support shooting up to 240 12-MP images in just one second. It will also support 8K video with HDR 10 Plus.
The snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will feature a new Hexagon processor and Qualcomm’s 17th gen AI engine. Qualcomm says this chip will be four times faster than the previous generation and 1.7 times more power-efficient.
How all these features will translate into actual life usage will all depend on how well smartphone manufacturers integrate them into their devices.