Qualcomm is almost done renaming its processor series for smartphones. With the Snapdragon 6 Gen1 and the Snapdragon 4 Gen1, two new chips for mid-range and entry-level devices have now been introduced, which are intended to provide significantly more performance.
According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 will be the first mid-range chip that runs with a structure width of just four nanometers. With the significant shrinkage and further improvements, the performance should increase by a remarkable 40 percent compared to the last generation Snapdragon 600 SoCs.
35 percent more graphics performance
The graphics performance is also improving: a plus of at least 35 percent is promised here. Among other things, this ensures that 4K videos will soon be able to be played back with smartphones in the lower mid-range. The chip also supports 4K video recordings with HDR for the first time. The first devices equipped with the new chip are expected in the first quarter of 2023.
The Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, on the other hand, only gets a comparatively cautious boost. The chip is said to have around 15 percent faster CPU cores and a graphics unit that is around 10 percent faster. What is new, however, is that it now also supports displays with Full HD resolution and a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hertz. This would be a significant improvement for smartphones in the lower price ranges.
It is interesting that Qualcomm relies on the ARM Cortex-A78 architecture for both chip series in the new generation when it comes to high-performance cores. Of course, the two SoCs also have a 5G modem for sub-6 GHz networks on board. However, only the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 supports WiFi 6E, while the Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 has to make do with WiFi 5.
The Snapdragon 4 Gen1 is scheduled to be launched in the third quarter of 2022, so the first devices in which the new chip will be used for the first time can be expected in the next few weeks. We have summarized more precise information on the clock rates of the new SoCs in the table below.
Technical data on Qualcomm’s new SOCs
|model||Snapdragon 6 Gen 1||Snapdragon 4 Gen 1|
|CPU cores||4 x ARM Cortex-A78 @ 2.2GHz|
4 x ARM Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz
|2 x ARM Cortex-A78 @ 2GHz|
6 x ARM Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz
|graphic||Adreno (no type specification)|
|DSP||Hexagon (no type specification)|
|ISP||Spectra (3 x 12-bit)|
108MP single camera or 48MP with no shutter lag
25MP + 16MP dual camera (with ZSL)
3 x 13MP triple camera (with ZSL)
4K HDR video recording
|Spectra (3 x 12-bit)|
108MP single camera or 32MP with no shutter lag
25MP + 13MP dual camera (or 3MP + 13MP with ZSL)
4G LTE / 5G sub-6GHz
4G LTE / 5G sub-6GHz
|WiFi & Bluetooth||WiFi 6E|
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