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

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 paved the way for 2022’s biggest Android smartphones, including Samsung’s flagship Galaxy – but it’s about to be overtaken by a better ‘Plus’ version that will no doubt appear in buying for bragging rights-gaming phones and luxury handsets. It’s called the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, sticking out the tongue, and Qualcomm says it’ll deliver 10% faster CPU performance, 10% faster GPU clocks, and – get this – use 15% less CPU. energy for “nearly an hour” of extra gameplay or, say, 50 minutes of social media browsing.

Technically, Qualcomm says it’s achieved “up to 30%” better CPU and GPU power efficiency, and 20% better AI performance per watt, but that doesn’t necessarily translate to longer battery life. battery – part of it is performance, too.

Features of the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1.
Picture: Qualcomm

Qualcomm particularly boasts better supported so does the performance of the new chip – theoretically maintaining its clock speed longer as it heats up during gaming or 5G mining. Of course, it all depends on how phone makers decide to cool the chip.

The company doesn’t detail where the extra performance and efficiency comes from, but you can see some of the chip’s other features in the slide above, though many of them (like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 10 Gbps of theoretical 5G and 8K HDR video capture) has not changed from the original Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Qualcomm says it will live alongside this older chip, so you can probably expect a price premium.

Features of Snapdragon 7 Gen 1.
Picture: Qualcomm

Qualcomm is also announcing a new Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 today, suggesting to reporters that it’s aimed at gamers with a 20% boost in graphics performance over the previous generation and trickle-down features like its “Adreno Frame Motion Engine” to make games smoother by interpolating frames.

But it’s pretty clear from the company’s press release that “gaming phone” makers are choosing the 8 Plus Gen 1 instead. Asus ROG and Black Shark are both signed up for the premium chip, along with Honor, iQOO, Lenovo , Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, OPPO, OSOM, realme, RedMagic, Redmi, vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE.

Honor, Oppo and Xiaomi are the only brands listed as devices building around 7 Gen 1 so far, though those phones may arrive first – they’re listed for Q2 2022, and Qualcomm says we’ll see the first devices in a few weeks. The 8 Plus Gen 1 devices, meanwhile, are expected in Q3.

We should also see Qualcomm announce its Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 later this year.

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