In the previous annual event that was held in Hawaii, Qualcomm unveiled its latest Snapdragon series, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Different from the previous chipsets which are using three digits, Snapdragon scrapped out the two remaining digits in the chipset series number, as announced before in Qualcomm press release.
In terms of performance, Gen 1 offers faster performance when it comes to AI-related tasks. Qualcomm claims that its latest Adreno GPU provides 30% faster-rendering performance while using 25% less power. The Gen 1 won’t offer the same improved CPU performance as the previous Snapdragon 888+. However, days before the announcement, the AnTutu benchmark scores allegedly belonging to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 were leaked in a Chinese blog that reportedly scores over 1 million.
In the imaging sector, Qualcomm has implemented a spectacular improvement in the camera experience. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 features an 18-bit image signal processor. With the ability to process 4,000 times more data than the Snapdragon 888’s 14-bit Spectra ISP. The chipset enables the device to capture photos at 3.2 gigapixels per second. Qualcomm stated that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 can process data from the 36-megapixel cameras at the same time without any shutter lag.
In the networking sector, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 uses the Qualcomm X65 5G modem with up to 10 Gb/s (1.25 GB/s) in a 5G network. and can maintain download speeds of 3.6 Gb/s (450 MB/s) over Wi-Fi connections that use Wi-Fi 6 and 6E routers.
Qualcomm says that the chipset can record 8K HDR footage at 30fps, Ultra HD footage at 120fps, and 720p at 960fps. As a result, the device can record slow-motion footage smoothly and high-resolution footage at a reasonable frame rate. Separated from the Spectra ISP, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 includes an always-on image signal processor that can power the camera with very low power consumption. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 allows the equipped devices to offer always-on face detection for biometric authentication.
Without the box support of Google’s Android SE as a dedicated Trust Management Engine, Gen 1 can store credential things like digital car keys and IDs. Gen 1 is the first mobile chipset that supports Google’s Android SE.
With all these improvements, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 offers great improvements for upcoming flagship smartphones that will use Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The first smartphone with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset will be out soon in early 2022.
For more information, see Qualcomm’s press release about the release of the chipset