Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 launched with 10% faster CPU and GPU, 30% improved power efficiency; Power on ROG Phone 6, realme GT 2 Master Explorer Edition and more

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 plus Gen 1 launch

Qualcomm has also launched its latest flagship processor the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which is the successor of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, as they promised. This has slightly more powerful and performance enhancements compared to its predecessor. It offers up to 10% faster speeds since the prime Cortex-X2 core is now clocked at 3.2GHz compared to 3GHz in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, and 30% power reduction in the CPU since this uses 4nm process technology by TSMC compared to Samsung in the predecessor.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 performance

It also offers 10% faster GPU performance where users can expect up to 60 extra minutes of gameplay with 30% GPU power improvements, as per the company. Overall, the new chip offers 15% power savings in the processor. It also has a 7th Gen Qualcomm AI Engine that provides up to 20% better performance per Watt to enable ultra-advanced AI use cases across the board for intuitive, depth-defying interactions like legendary Leica Leitz bokeh effects, as per the Qualcomm.

It has the same Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System, Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 Mobile Connectivity System for Wi-Fi speeds of up to 3.6 Gbps, over Wi-Fi 6 and 6E as predecessors.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 Features

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (SM8475) Specifications -

CPU1 x Kryo Prime CPU (Arm Cortex-X2-based) at up to 3.2GHz, 3 x Kryo Performance CPUs (A710-based) at up to 2.8GHz,  4x Kryo Efficiency CPUs (A510-based) at up to 2.0GHz, ARMv9 architecture
Process4nm TSMC Process Technology
RAM/StorageLPDDR5 3200MHz, 4x16bit memory / 44.0GB/s or LPDDR4X 2133MHz / 33.4GB/s, USB 3.1, USB-C
GPUQualcomm Adreno next-gen GPU with 10% higher clock speed compared to Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Vulkan 1.1 API support, HDR gaming (10-bit color depth, Rec. 2020 color gamut), Physically Based Rendering, Volumetric Rendering, Adreno Frame Motion Engine, API Support: OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0 FP, Vulkan 1.1
SensorsGPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, NavIC capable, Dual Frequency GNSS (L1/L5), Sensor-Assisted Positioning, Urban pedestrian navigation with sidewalk accuracy, Global freeway lane-level vehicle navigation
CameraUp to 36 MP triple camera, Up to 64+36 MP dual camera, Up to 108 MP single camera with ZSL, Up to 200MP single camera, Qualcomm Spectra 680 Image Sensor Processor (18-bit triple-ISP), 10-bit HEIF: HEIC photo capture, HEVC video capture, Video Capture Formats: HDR10+, HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, 8K HDR Video Capture @ 30 FPS, 4K Video Capture @ 120 FPS, Slow-mo video capture at 720p @ 960 FPS, Bokeh Engine for Video Capture, Video super-resolution, Multi-frame Noise Reduction (MFNR), Locally Motion Compensated Temporal Filtering, Multi-Frame, and triple exposure staggered/digital, overlap HDR dual-sensor support, AI-based face detection, auto-focus, and auto-exposure
Display4K at 60 Hz / QHD+ at 144 Hz, Maximum External Display Support: up to 4K @ 60 Hz, 10-bit color depth, Rec. 2020 color gamut, HDR10 and HDR10+, Demura and subpixel rendering for OLED Uniformity
Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence (AI) Engine
Qualcomm Hexagon Processor, Fused AI Accelerator, Hexagon Tensor Accelerator, Hexagon Vector eXtensions, Hexagon Scalar Accelerator, Support for mix precision( INT8+INT16), Support for all precisions (INT8, INT16, FP16)
VideoHardware-accelerated H.265 and VP9 decoder, HDR Playback Codec support for HDR10+, HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision
AudioQualcomm Aqstic audio codec (WCD9385), New Qualcomm Aqstic smart speaker amplifier (WSA8835), Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise (THD+N), Playback: -108dB, Qualcomm Audio and Voice Communication Suite
NetworkBuilt-in Qualcomm Snapdragon X65 5G modem-RF system, 5G speeds of up to 10Gpbs down, 5G mmWave and sub-6 GHz, standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) modes, mmWave: 1000 MHz bandwidth, 8 carriers, 2×2 MIMO, Sub-6 GHz: 300 MHz bandwidth, 4×4 MIMO
Multi-SIMQualcomm 5G PowerSave 2.0, Qualcomm Smart Transmit 2.0 technology, Qualcomm Wideband Envelope Tracking, Qualcomm AI-Enhanced Signal Boost, Global 5G multi-SIM
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6E, 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) Multi-gigabit, Integrated 802.11ac 2×2 (2-stream) MU-MIMO, 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6GHz, Bluetooth 5.3, LE Audio, Dual Bluetooth antennas, Bluetooth audio: Snapdragon Sound Technology with support for Qualcomm aptX Voice, aptX Lossless, aptX Adaptive, and LE audio, NFC
ChargerQualcomm Quick Charge 5 technology

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ASUS ROG confirmed that the ROG Phone 6 will be the first gaming phone to be powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC.

Realme Motorola Xiaomi Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun also said that the company’s next flagship will be one of the first phones to be powered by this chip, which should be the Xiaomi 12 Ultra.

OnePlus iQOO nubia Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1

Realme also confirmed that it will introduce the realme GT 2 Master Explorer Edition in china powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, and other brands including OnePlus, Motorola, nubia, and iQOO have also confirmed to launch new phones with this chipset.