At the Snapdragon Tech Summit, Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 as its new 5G mobile platform for next-generation flagship Android phones. The flagship SoC will power premium phones from various brands, including Realme, Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, OnePlus, and other OEMs. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is claimed to be up to four times faster artificial intelligence (AI) performance than the Snapdragon 888 SoC introduced last year. It is also touted to deliver 30 percent faster graphics rendering along with 25 percent more power efficiency than the predecessor. Additionally, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is claimed to be the world’s first 5G modem-RF solution to reach 10 Gigabit download speeds on a compatible network.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Availability
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will power flagships from various brands, including Black Shark, Honor, iQOO, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, OPPO, Realme, Redmi, SHARP, Sony, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE. Phones based on the new chip are expected by the end of 2021, the company noted.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Specifications
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is equipped with a 7th generation Qualcomm AI Engine that features a 2x faster tensor accelerator and 2x larger shared memory than the predecessor. Qualcomm says it can capture pro-quality images thanks to the integration of Leica Leitz look filters. The AI-based natural language processing from Hugging Face can intelligently function as your personal assistant by prioritizing and analyzing your notifications.
Qualcomm has not yet revealed the exact names of the Kryo CPU and Adreno GPU available on its new chip. However, the Kryo CPU particularly has Arm Cortex-X2 cores that can be clocked up to 3GHz. The CPU is claimed to have 20 faster performance and 30 percent power efficiency over its counterpart available on the Snapdragon 888. The new Adreno GPU is also rated to deliver a 30 percent boost in graphics rendering and a 25 percent improvement in power saving in comparison with its predecessor.
Apart from this, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 supports a 4K display with 60Hz and a QHD+ panel at a 144Hz refresh rate. For external display, the chipset has support for up to 4K at 60Hz, 10-bit color depth, HDR10, and HDR10+.
As for the optics, the other notable addition to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is Snapdragon Sight Technology that brings the first 18-bit image signal processor (ISP). This is claimed to capture over 4,000 times more camera data than its predecessor for high dynamic range, color, and sharpness at speeds of up to 3.2 gigapixels per second. The new ISP also supports 8K HDR video recording in the premium HDR10+ format. Further, there is a dedicated Bokeh Engine for adding soft backgrounds to videos. There is also an Always-on ISP that enables always-on face unlocking, without consuming a large amount of battery.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will also offer a new GPU control panel for fine-tuning how games are running on your phone. The chipset also introduces the Qualcomm Snapdragon X65 modem which promises a whole suite of 5G features and firsts. This is Qualcomm’s fourth-generation 5G modem and builds on the existing mmWave and sub-6Ghz compatibility, and adds support for up to 10Gbps speeds.
In terms of connectivity, Qualcomm has integrated its Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System within the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 that is designed to reach 10 Gigabit download speeds. The new chip has also retained the Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 Mobile Connectivity System that brings wireless connectivity with up to 3.6Gbps speeds over Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E standards. There is also Bluetooth v5.2 support.
When it comes to audio, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 features Bluetooth 5.2 and Snapdragon Sound Technology for better sound quality. The Qualcomm aptX Lossless Technology offers CD-quality lossless wireless audio. It is the first Snapdragon mobile chipset to support all-new LE audio features such as broadcast audio, stereo recording, and voice backchannel for gaming.