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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 to make flagship phones more flagship

If you feel your flagship Android smartphone can be better, Qualcomm has released a new chip named Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1.

That’s right, the difference between the latest, most powerful chip and its predecessor is the “Plus” in the name, which you might miss if you don’t pay attention. Qualcomm is trying to convince you to go for this new chip because it has 10 percent faster CPU performance, 10 percent faster GPU, and consumes 15 percent less power. The last one means you can get one more hour of gaming or 50 minutes of browsing the web.

Qualcomm says it attained up to 30 percent better power efficiency for the CPU and GPU, coupled with a 20 percent improvement in AI performance. But that won’t translate to as much percentage increase in battery life.

Meanwhile, Qualcomm boasts better-sustained performance from the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1. This means, in theory, the chip can maintain its clock speed for longer even when it gets hotter during intensive gaming sessions or connecting to a 5G network. But much still depends on how the phone makers dissipate the heat.

AnandTech claims the increased performance Qualcomm is touting comes from the changes the chipmaker made to the chip. The new chip is produced on a TSMC 4 nm process instead of Samsung’s 4nm. Both processes have similar brand names but have many differences.

Other features on the new Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 have simply been brought over from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 10 Gbps on 5G, and 8K HDR video processing.

Qualcomm will continue to make the older chip, which implies the new one will cost more.

Qualcomm also announced another new chip, the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1. It is probably aimed at gaming with a claimed 20 percent improvement in graphics performance compared to the old generation. It also gets the “Adreno Frame Motion Engine” that makes games appear smoother with some tweaking in the frames.

However, gaming phone makers are setting for the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip, including Asus ROG, Black Shark, Honor, iQOO, Lenovo, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, OPPO, OSOM, Realme, RedMagic, Redmi, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE. Only Honor, Oppo, and Xiaomi have indicated they will make phones using the new Snapdragon 7 Gen 1.

Qualcomm says buyers may begin to see phones with the 7 Gen 1 in a matter of weeks, but 8 Plus Gen 1 devices will come in the third quarter of 2022.

The company is expected to unveil the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 later in the year.

Written by HackerVibes

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