- Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chipsets have been announced.
- Samsung, Xiaomi, Realme, OnePlus, and other brands will soon launch Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 powered phones.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 comes with 30 percent improved power efficiency.
Qualcomm unveiled its two new chipsets at its global launch event – the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 SoCs. The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is the successor to Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and will be the new default flagship processor in the Android smartphone realm. The Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 with a dedicated AI Engine, on the other hand, comes as a successor to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G and will be the new mid-range processor option.
The latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 brings 10 percent faster CPU and GPU performance. It also comes with 30 percent improved power efficiency. Let’s take a look at the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 features and availability.
Coming to the specifications, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 clocks a speed of up to 3.2 GHz. It also has Qualcomm Adreno GPU. This chipset comes with the Snapdragon X65 5G modem that offers a peak download speed of up to 10 Gbps. In addition to 5G, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 has Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 for WiFi and Bluetooth. It provides a peak speed of 3.6 Gbps and it features support for 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6 GHz WiFi bands. It also features support for NFC, USB 3.1, and USB-C.
Coming to the camera, this newly launched processor comes with Qualcomm Spectra image signal processor and it supports a triple camera setup of up to 36MP configuration, a dual-camera setup of up to 64+36MP configuration, and a single camera of up to 200MP configuration. For videos, it supports 8K videos at 30fps and 4K videos at 120fps.
Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
The Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 is the successor to the Snapdragon 700-series chipsets like the Snapdragon 778G. The new chip is a 4nm platform that comes with a Kryo CPU cluster clocked at up to 2.4Ghz along with an Adreno 662 GPU. Qualcomm says the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 can handle graphics 20 percent better than the Snapdragon 778G.
The chip can handle up to 16GB LPDDR5 RAM and comes with Snapdragon X62 5G which supports 4.4Gbps speeds, along with WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3. Other additions include support for 200MP cameras, 10-bit HEIC photo capture, and HEVC video recording. The chip also comes with the Android SE and Trusted Management Engine for better on-device security.
Unlike phones powered by the new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, the new Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 phones are expected to hit the market in a few weeks from now with Oppo expected to debut the chip with the Reno 8 Pro on May 23.
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