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Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1: Power Next Top Smartphones Revealed


If you buy a top smartphone in the second half of the year, there is a good chance that a Snapdragon 8+ will do its job. Qualcomm today announced its new top chips along with the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, which will be a low down.

These are the Qualcomm smartphone drivers for the second half of the year

What is that spinning in my smartphone? As of Q3 2022, this question will be answered in many of Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Android devices with the new best chip. After the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the Snapdragon 8+ model has now been introduced. The suffix to the name already indicates that the developers are not presenting a radical new design, but are drilling out the technology for more performance and efficiency.

One of the set screws tightened: An improved Adreno GPU offers up to 10% faster speeds and 30% less power consumption, so users can enjoy up to 60 minutes more playing time in gaming applications compared to the predecessor, for example. The improved Kryo CPU cores provide up to 10% faster processing and up to 30% improved power efficiency. In addition, there is the 7th-generation Qualcomm AI engine, for which the company specifies an increase of “20 percent per watt”, which provides a significant increase in efficiency, for example when calculating complex photo effects.

Especially in the field of cameras, Snapdragon 8+ achieves absolute top values: 8K HDR video recordings in HDR10+ format are possible. Although Qualcomm presented the new Snapdragon X70 modem at the Mobile World Congress 2022, it does not make it to the new chip. The Snapdragon X65 still ties into this, albeit slightly more energy-efficient.

Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 a step below

The new Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 then brings many of the performance features into a smaller price range – and is aimed specifically at gamers. An indication of this is the integration of the Adreno Frame Motion Engine, which can double frame rates with upscaled content while using the same amount of energy. In terms of image processing, Qualcomm Spectra offers the option of shooting simultaneously with three cameras or taking 200 MP photos. Precise performance data should then be provided by the initial tests.