As expected, Qualcomm announced its new flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 at its annual Tech Summit on Tuesday. The new chipset succeeds the Snapdragon 888 and continues the new trend of not following names sequentially from the chipset maker.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is Qualcomm’s first chipset to be built on a 4nm process and also the first to use the new ARMv9 CPU architecture. The CPU’s prime core Cortex-X2 will run at 3.0GHz, it has three Cortex-A710 performance cores which will run at 2.5GHz, and four efficiency cores running at 1.8GHz based on A510. Qualcomm promises a 20 percent faster CPU performance than the Snapdragon 888 and up to 30 percent power efficiency.
Thanks to the new architecture, GPU performance is up by 30 percent. The GPU has three Elite Gaming features for optimal gaming performance. The Motion Engine of the Adreno makes gaming crispy smooth by rendering the frame rate twice the original while maintaining power efficiency.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 features Qualcomm’s X65 5G modem which is capable of 10Gbps download speeds. It supports Wi-Fi 6 and 6E connectivity with 3.6Gbps download speeds. There is also support for Bluetooth LE Audio, a feature that allows one source to broadcast from more than one audio channel to unlimited receivers.
According to Qualcomm, the chipset is capable of capturing 8K HDR footage at 30 frames per second, 4K UHD at 120 frames per second and can also record 720p slow-mo videos at 960 frames per second. For pictures, the Gen 1 features an 18-bit image signal processor which will allow phones powered by it to capture photos at 3.2 gigapixels per second.
The first set of Android devices powered by the chipset is expected to be released before the year ends with more expected in 2022.