Qualcomm recently announced new Android chipsets, including the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipsets, which are the company’s new flagship CPUs. Both of these processors are expected to be available in phones later this year. Here’s all you need to know about the new chipsets and what they can do.
Gen 1 Snapdragon 8+
The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is a new iteration of Snapdragon’s flagship processor, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The chipmaker claims that the new processor addresses some of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1’s flaws while significantly enhancing performance. Thermal management and power consumption are two of the challenges.
The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor and the phones it drives are supposed to run cooler and more effectively, reducing battery drain. A phone with the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 will stream videos for 1 hour 30 minutes longer than one with the older chip, and phone conversations will last almost 5 hours longer.
The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 also features a 10% boost in CPU performance. Inside the processor is a Cortex-X2 core that can now achieve 3.2GHz, matching the Snapdragon 870’s clock speed, as opposed to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1’s 3.0GHz clock speed. The chipset also includes gold cores running at 2.75GHz and silver cores running at 2.0GHz, both with faster clock speeds than the predecessor.
The GPU in the 8+ Gen 1 runs at a 10% higher frequency while using 30% less power, according to Qualcomm. The AI Engine now has a 20% higher performance per Watt ratio, and the chipset also incorporates more efficient wireless modems.
The remainder of the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is identical to the previous model. Up to 16GB of RAM, UFS 3.1 storage, and QHD+ and 4K resolutions (at 144Hz and 60Hz, respectively) are all supported. The Snapdragon X65 5G modem in the processor boasts peak theoretical speeds of up to 10Gbps, and customers will be able to use aptX Lossless and Bluetooth LE Audio thanks to Bluetooth 5.3 connection. Additionally, support for up to 200MP is still available.
The first phones using the new Snapdragon 8+ gen 1 CPU will be available in the market later this year, starting in Q3, according to Qualcomm, with OnePlus, Asus ROG, Oppo, Xiaomi, and Realme all planning to release flagships with the new chip.
Gen 1 Snapdragon 7
The Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 is the successor of chipsets in the Snapdragon 700 series, such as the Snapdragon 778G. The new device is a 4nm platform featuring a Kryo CPU cluster that can run at up to 2.4GHz and an Adreno 662 GPU. The Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 can handle graphics 20% better than the Snapdragon 778G, according to Qualcomm.
The Snapdragon X62 5G CPU supports up to 16GB LPDDR5 RAM and has WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3, as well as Snapdragon X62 5G, which provides 4.4Gbps speeds. Support for 200MP cameras, 10-bit HEIC photo capture, and HEVC video recording are among the other new features. For improved on-device security, the chip also has the Android SE and Trusted Management Engine.
Unlike the new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 phones, the new Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 phones are likely to enter the market in a few weeks, with Oppo launching the processor with the Reno 8 Pro on May 23.