Qualcomm proclaims Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, for when flagship isn’t flagship sufficient

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, for when flagship isn’t flagship enough


Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 set the stage for the most important Android smartphones of 2022, together with Samsung’s flagship Galaxy — but it surely’s about to be surpassed by a greater “Plus” model that’ll little doubt seem in buy-it-for-the-bragging-rights gaming telephones and luxurious handsets. It’s referred to as the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, which simply rolls off the tongue, and Qualcomm says it’ll supply 10 p.c quicker CPU efficiency, 10 p.c quicker GPU clocks, and — get this — use 15 p.c much less energy for “almost 1 hour” of additional gameplay or, say, 50 minutes of social media shopping.

Technically, Qualcomm says it’s achieved “as much as 30 p.c” higher energy effectivity from each the CPU and GPU, and 20 p.c higher AI efficiency per watt, however that doesn’t essentially all switch into extra battery life — a few of it’s about efficiency, too.

Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 options.
Picture: Qualcomm

Qualcomm is especially touting higher sustained efficiency from the brand new chip too — theoretically sustaining its clockspeed for longer because it heats up whereas gaming or tapping into 5G. After all, that every one depends upon how telephone producers determine to chill the chip.

The corporate’s not breaking down the place the additional efficiency and efficiencies are coming from, however you may see among the chip’s different options within the slide above, regardless that lots of them (like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 10Gbps of theoretical 5G, and 8K HDR video seize) haven’t modified from the unique Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Qualcomm says it’ll reside alongside that older chip, so you may most likely count on a worth premium.

Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 options.
Picture: Qualcomm

Qualcomm’s additionally asserting a brand new Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 immediately, suggesting to journalists that it’s geared toward avid gamers with a 20 p.c graphics efficiency increase over the prior gen and the trickle-down of options like its “Adreno Body Movement Engine” to make video games see smoother by interpolating frames.

However it’s fairly clear from the corporate’s press launch that “gaming telephone” makers are selecting the 8 Plus Gen 1 as a substitute. Asus ROG and Black Shark are each signed up for the premium chip, in addition to Honor, iQOO, Lenovo, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, OPPO, OSOM, realme, RedMagic, Redmi, vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE.

Honor, Oppo and Xiaomi are the one manufacturers listed as constructing gadgets across the 7 Gen 1 as of immediately, although these telephones could arrive first — they’re listed for Q2 2022, and Qualcomm says we’ll see the primary gadgets inside weeks. The 8 Plus Gen 1 gadgets, in the meantime, are anticipated in Q3.

We must also see Qualcomm announce its Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 later this 12 months.


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