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Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 launched; will power Xiaomi 12, Realme GT 2 Pro, and other flagships

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 has been launched. Announced at Tech Summit 2022 event, the new mobile platform has arrived as the successor to the Snapdragon 888 mobile platform that was announced in December last year. The first phones powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 are expected to launch this month in China.

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The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is Qualcomm’s first 4nm chip. It is equipped with new Kryo cores that are based on ARMv9 architecture, which was announced in March this year. As compared to the SD888, its successor offers 20 percent improvement in the CPU performance and 30 percent enhanced GPU performance. Here is a look at the first phones that will arrive with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC.

Upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 powered phones

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra render

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra (Moto Edge X30) renders by 91mobiiles / Steve Hemmerstoffer

Motorola will be holding a launch event on December 9th, 2021, in China to announce the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 powered Moto Edge X30. This phone is expected to launch with the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra moniker in global markets in January next year.

ASUS will be holding a new ROG gaming phone on December 4th in China. There is no word on the name of the device. There is a possibility that it may launch as the world’s first Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 powered smartphone. The Xiaomi 12 and Realme GT 2 Pro could be the other SD8G1 chip phones that may debut this month in China.

The OnePlus 10 Pro featuring the latest Qualcomm chip are expected to debut in January 2022 in China. OPPO’s Find X5 series and iQOO 9 powered with the new chip are likely to debut in Q1 2022 in China and other markets.

Qualcomm has confirmed that other brands such as Black Shark, Honor, Nubia, Redmi, Sharp, Sony, Vivo, and ZTE will launch Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 phones. While the U.S. based chip maker has not mentioned Samsung in its list, several reports have revealed that the Galaxy S22 lineup fuelled by the new Snapdragon 8-series chip may debut in February 2022.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 specifications

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 offers 20% better performance than the Snapdragon 888

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 continues to offer a tri-cluster design like its predecessor. It features a Cortex-X2 prime core working at 3.0GHz, three Cortex-A710 performance cores clocking at 2.5GHz, and four Cortex-A510 efficiency cores ticking at 1.8GHz. The new Adreno GPU comes with an Adreno Frame Motion Engine, which can be used to increase the frame rate of a game by maintaining power consumption. The 7th generation Qualcomm AI Engine with the latest Hexagon processor offers fourfold better performance than its predecessor.

The SD8G1 is integrated with the X65 5G modem that allows devices to connect with sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G networks with up to 10GBps downlink speeds. It also carries support for Wi-Fi 6, 6E, and improved Bluetooth connectivity. It supports Bluetooth LE Audio and is capable of streaming CD Lossless Audio over Bluetooth.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 features an 18-bit triple ISP system, which can process 4,096 times more camera data than the Snapdragon 888’s 14-bit ISP. The triple ISP is capable of capturing photos at 3.2-gigapixels per second. In simpler terms, it can shoot 240 12-megapixel photos in one second or capture an 8K HDR video while shooting 64-megapixel photos simultaneously. The phones featuring the Gen 1 can process camera data from three 36-megapixel cameras at the same time without encountering shutter lag. The SoC also supports capturing 8K HDR 10 Plus videos and shooting 18-bit RAW images.

In addition, the ISP can process data from up to 30 dark mode images for brighter shots in dim light conditions. Other photography enhancements available with the new chip include better AI processing, a bokeh engine, and an ultrawide engine. There is a fourth ISP available in the chipset’s sensing hub for powering an always-on camera for enhanced security. It can be used for face unlocking and locking if the user’s face is not present. The chip offers a dedicated Trust Management Engine for heightened security.

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