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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 raises the bar for Android smartphones

Qualcomm claims “up to 30%” higher power efficiency from both the CPU and GPU

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Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 raises the bar for Android smartphones

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 laid the groundwork for 2022’s biggest Android smartphones, including Samsung’s flagship Galaxy — but it’s going to be surpassed by a superior “Plus” version, which will almost surely feature in gaming phones and luxury gadgets. It’s called the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, and Qualcomm claims it will give 10% higher CPU performance, 10% faster GPU speeds, and use 15% less power for “nearly 1 hour” of extra gaming or 50 minutes of social media surfing.

Qualcomm claims “up to 30%” higher power efficiency from both the CPU and GPU, as well as 20% better AI performance per watt, technically, but that doesn’t always translate into increased battery life-some of it is also about performance.

Qualcomm is particularly emphasising the new chip’s improved sustained performance, which supposedly allows it to retain its clock speed for longer while it warms up when gaming or connecting to 5G. That, of course, is dependent on how phone makers opt to cool the chip.

Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 Features

However, Qualcomm isn’t explaining where the increased performance and efficiency are coming from, but you can see some of the chip’s other capabilities in the slide above, many of which—include Wi-Fi, 10Gbps of theoretical 5G, 8K HDR video capture, and Bluetooth—haven’t changed from the original Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. According to Qualcomm, Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen1 will coexist alongside the older processor, so a probable price increase is expected.

Qualcomm is also launching a new Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 today, implying to journalists that it’s aimed at gamers. The firm claims a 20% increase in graphics performance over the previous generation and a stream of features like its “Adreno Frame Motion Engine,” which interpolates frames to help games appear smoother.

However, it’s clear from the company’s press release that “gaming phone” makers are opting for the 8 Plus Gen 1. Honor, Motorola, iQOO, Lenovo, Nubia, OPPO, OSOM, realme, RedMagic, Nubia, Redmi, Vivo, Xiaomi, Asus ROG, ZTE, and Black Shark are among the companies that have signed up to use the premium chip. Furthermore, the 8 Plus Gen 1 smartphones are anticipated in Q3 2022.

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