Qualcomm has announced a refresh of its flagship Android chipset by unveiling the new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1.
The new chipset promises a 10 percent increase in GPU clock speeds and a 30 percent improvement in power reduction, the company says. Not only has the GPU power been increased, the Kyro CPU now offers 10 percent faster CPU performance and 30 percent increase in power efficiency over its predecessor, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
In the camera department, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset has an 18-bit ISP for capturing great low light photography and 8K HDR videos. Gaming performance is better with the new chipset and Android phones powered by it will have quality displays with Variable Rate Shading Pro, Volumetric Rendering, Unreal Engine 5 support, Qualcomm’s Frame Motion Engine, and many more.
In terms of connectivity, thanks to the fourth-generation X65 5G Modem from Snapdragon, 5G video calls can now last for more than 25 minutes, and audio calls can now go on for more than 5 hours. WiFi speeds is now up to 3.6Gbps.
Qualcomm says the 7th Gen AI Engine with the Hexagon is its “fastest and most advanced-ever”, offering the “greatest performance-par-watt in Snapdragon history”. There is a 20 percent overall increase in performance from the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 over the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The first set of smartphones powered by the new chipset is expected in Q3 2022 from Xiaomi, Oppo, OnePlus and many more.