Qualcomm decided to change the nomenclature used since 2013. Three-digit markings were replaced with single-digit ones.
The higher the number, the higher the positioned chip. The Eight is reserved for units of the highest efficiency class.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is based on the 4-nanometer Armv9 architecture
This is the first Qualcomm chip that he uses 4-nanometer lithographic process and the latest Armv9 cores. The specification of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 includes:
- 1 main Cortex-X2 core with a clock of 3.0 GHz;
- 3 high-performance Cortex-A710 cores with a clock of 2.5 GHz;
- 4 energy-saving Cortex-A510 cores with a clock of 1.8 GHz;
- new Adreno graphics (Qualcomm does not provide a designation).
This is the first generation since 2018 that does not use the worn-out Cortex-A55 cores.
Qualcomm declares that compared to the Snapdragon 888:
- The CPU is 20 percent. more efficient and 30 percent. more energy-saving;
- GPU is 25 percent. more efficient and 30 percent. more energy-saving.
The increase in power is to satisfy, among others players. Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 uses technology Adreno Frame Motion Enginewhich allows you to double the number of generated frames per second without increasing energy consumption.
Qualcomm also boasts 4x increase in AI Engine performanceresponsible for processing tasks related to artificial intelligence.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is also able to handle:
- 60 hertz 4K screens or 144 hertz 2K screens;
- cameras with a resolution of up to 200 Mpix;
- Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity;
- 5G data download at speeds up to 10 Gb /;
- LPDDR5 memory chips with speeds up to 3200 MHz.
It is worth noting here that the competing MediaTek Dimensity 9000 chip is built with higher clock speeds and supports the newer Bluetooth 5.3 standard.
With the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Leica dipped fingers. The chip will allow you to better use the potential of the cameras
It is always new active image processor, thanks to which the phone can constantly process the image from the camera with minimal energy consumption. The use of this technology depends on the ingenuity of the manufacturer; The software can, for example, detect that other people are glancing at the phone and block sensitive content.
The new ISP is able to intercept 240 12-megapixel photos per second and generate 18-bit RAW photos with an unprecedented number of colors in smartphones.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 also supports video recording 8K, but & hairsp; – & hairsp; which is new – with active HDR and electronic image stabilization. The chip is even able to record 8K video and take photos of 64 Mpix at the same time.
The latest chip also supports technology 4K movies with a blurred background. So far, the operation of this type of function has been limited to 1080p resolution.
Added to this is the function Video Super Resolutionwhich is supposed to enhance the details of movies when using digital zoom.
Technology Qualcomm calls it “mega night mode”, allows you to combine up to 30 photos taken one after the other. Earlier chips connected 6 frames.
Additionally, Qualcomm made an affiliate cooperation with Leica. Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 natively supports filters that imitate background blurring characteristic of lenses of this brand.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 also focuses on security
This is the first chip to comply with the new standard Android Ready SE. It is used to store and secure virtual car keys or documents.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is also the first to use a new hardware layer called Trust Management Enginewhich is to increase security when using applications and services.
Of course, these are only theoretical possibilities. You have to wait for the first flagships with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
It is up to the smartphone manufacturer to decide which features and technologies of Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 it will use. So it is not said that every phone with this chip will record 8K videos, because it almost certainly will not.
Qualcomm revealed that brands such as Black Shark, Honor, iQOO, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, OPPO, realme, Redmi, Sharp, Sony, vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE are interested in its chip.
The first smartphones with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 are to appear yet before the end of 2021.