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Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset at Snapdragon Tech Summit in Hawaii. This is the company’s front runner and that which will power most of the flagships of 2022. And it’s not just about a new nomenclature, but the new chip claims to be up to 4x faster in AI computations, 30% faster in graphics rendering, and 25% more power-efficient than the Snapdragon 888 SoC. The newcomer also comes equipped with the world’s first 5G modem-RF solution that’s capable of hitting 10Gb download speeds on a supported network. (हिंदी में पढ़ें)

Here’s everything else you need to know about the new Qualcomm processor:

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Features

  • The octa-core chipset consists of 1x Cortex-X2 prime core clocked at 3.0GHz, 3x Cortex-A710 performance cores running at 2.5GHz, and 4x Cortex-A510 efficiency cores dialed at 1.8GHz.
  • Snpadragon 8 Gen 1 is based on a 4nm process node, and is the first Qualcomm chip to use the latest Armv9 architecture.
  • Compared to the Snapdragon 888 silicon, this one’s up to 20% improved performance, 30% snappier in graphics loads (thanks to an undisclosed Adreno GPU), up to 4x faster in AI processing (thanks to 7th gen Hexagon AI engine), and 25% more power-efficient than the Snapdragon 888 SoC.
  • The company says there will be a new GPU control panel for calibrate the gaming performance on your handset. Also, with AI capabilities, there will a feature similar to Nvidia’s DLSS here that would optimize the graphics rendering in real-time.
  • SD 8 Gen 1 also comes with a Snapdragon X65 modem that besides the mmWave and Sub-6GHz 5G support, also boasts up to 10Gbps downlink rate and 3GPP Release 16 benefits.
  • Its connectivity options also include in-built iSIM support, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth LE Audio (with AptX Lossless codec).

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  • On the camera front, you’ll be getting “Snapdragon Sight” which comprises of Spectra triple-ISP system that’s capable of shooting 18-bit RAW and 8K video in HDR10+ quality, an enhanced dark mode, a “Bokeh Engine” that will provide better blurred backgrounds in portrait shots and 4K videos, an “ultrawide engine” that can de-warp fish-eye and chromatic aberrations from super wide angle photos.
  • There is even a discrete ISP with an Always-on camera functionility for quicker face unlocking mechansim. This will be an opt-in only feature and even whence you do so, the data hence captured would be stored locally in a dedicated secure enclave.
  • As for security, Qualcomm has baked in a “dedicated Trust Management Engine” as well as Android Ready SE for the safe storage of e-money wallets, digital keys, licenses, and IDs.

List of Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Phones: Released and Expected in 2022

The first Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 smartphones are either already out or around the corner. Anyways, here’s the list of these phones with the new Snapdragon chipset:

1. Moto Edge X30

Motorola Edge X30 is the first phone with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. The innards also include up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM, 256GB UFS 3.1 storage, and a 5000mAh battery with 68W fast charging support. The Android software is nearly stock with some proprietary treats. The display up front stretches 6.7-inches in size. It is AMOLED in nature with a Full-HD+ resolution, 10-bit colors, a central punch-hole cutout, 144Hz refresh rate, a 576Hz touch sampling rate, and HDR10+ support. The phone sports a 60MP selfie shooter. Flip to the back and there you get a triple camera setup consisting of a 50MP main sensor, 50MP ultrawide sensor, and a 2MP macro sensor.

2. Realme GT 2 Pro

Realme has revealed its GT2 Pro phone will come powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. As per leaked specs, the handset will sport a 6.8-inch WQHD+ flat OLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. Inside, besides the chip, it is likely to ship with Android 12 based Realme UI 3.0 software. It could come with up to 12GB RAM, 256GB UFS 3.1 storage, and 125W charging support. In the camera department, you could expect a triple camera setup including a 50MP main sensor, a 50MP ultrawide lens, and an 8MP telephoto shooter. On the front, meanwhile, you could get a 32MP selfie camera.

3. Xiaomi 12

Xiaomi has also come forward with the announcement that its forthcoming flagship called Xiaomi 12 will be propelled by Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. According to leaks, the device will flaunt a curved OLED with a 120Hz refresh rate and an ultrasonic fingerprint reader. The performance could benefit from a memory configuration of up to 12GB RAM and 1TB of internal storage. Among other specs, the handset could also feature a 50MP Samsung ISOCELL GN5 camera and 100W fast charger.

4. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

S22 Ultra concept renders | Source: LetsGoDigital

Samsung S-series historically comes with the top-of-the-line chipset either from Qualcomm or its own Exynos lineup. This year, at least in some of its markets, the company is expected to release the S22 series with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. It could come in 2 memory variants of 8GB RAM+256GB storage and 12GB RAM+ 512GB storage. On top of this hardware, you could expect Android 12 with One UI 4 skin. You would be interacting with this software through a 6.8-inch 2K AMOLED screen. As for cameras, S22 Ultra is rumored to bring a 108MP camera as part of a quad camera setup.

5. OnePlus 10 Pro

We have got leaks and renders revealing a great extent about what to expect when it comes to the upcoming OnePlus 10 Pro. The device has been confirmed to feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Inside, it is said to also house a 5000mAh battery with 125W fast charging support. This should top up the phone from dead to full in 20 minutes. Anyways, on the front, the 10 Pro could present a 6.7-inch curved display with a single-punch hole selfie camera and a 120Hz refresh rate. Meanwhile, by the back, renders show a unique camera panel that is said to feature a 5x optical zoom camera too.

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6. iQOO 9 Pro

iQOO has disclosed one of its oncoming devices would be wielding the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. This could be the iQOO 9/iQOO 9 Pro or both. By the way, the iQOO 8 series didn’t make its way to India. And the company could skip straight to the 9 series. Although the details are scanty at the moment, the iQOO 9 phones are speculated to bring AMOLED screens, 120Hz refresh rate, iQOO UI with Android 12 base, multi-camera system, and at least a 4,500mAh power source.

7. Oppo Find X4 Pro

Oppo’s flagship for 2022 could also bear a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip under the hood. It will be a 5G phone with excellent specs on offer. We don’t know much about the device at the time of writing this. But the company VP of Overseas Sales at Oppo, Scott Zhang is bullish about the chip as he says, “We are committed to bringing top-of-the-range 5G smartphones to consumers, such as the Find X3 series, so we are delighted about the launch of the Snapdragon 8 Mobile Platform. OPPO maintains a close relationship with Qualcomm Technologies, and we believe the new mobile platform will bring immense improvements and powerful performance to the next generation of flagship smartphones.”

We also expect phones like Asus ROG Phone 6 and Vivo X80 Pro+ to come with this processor. So, the list of phones with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is bound to grow. You may bookmark this page for later viewing.


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