It’s that time of year again: Qualcomm has officially unveiled the ARM processor that will power the majority of high-end Android phones next year.
The reported 898 model number, on the other hand, isn’t going to happen.
With its latest flagship processor, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm has revised its naming strategy.
It boasts the most up-to-date CPU, camera support, and 5G technology, and it will be available on phones shortly.
Qualcomm’s first 4nm fabrication node is used in Gen 1, allowing the chip to achieve the now-standard double-digit efficiency and power gains.
Furthermore, this chip uses the most recent ARM core architectures, as seen in MediaTek’s new Density 9000.
The triple CPU island architecture of the Gen 1 is conventional.
There are four efficiency cores based on the ARM Cortex-A510, three more powerful ARM Cortex-A710-based cores, and a single Cortex-X2-based “Prime” core.
According to reports, the Adreno GPU is 30% quicker and 25% more efficient. It also features a new Frame Motion Engine function that produces better frame rates.
Google’s recently unveiled Tensor processor makes AI a primary priority, and Qualcomm is responding with its 7th-generation AI engine.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is expected to be four times quicker than the SD888 at machine learning workloads and twice as fast at tensor acceleration.
The third-generation Qualcomm Sensing Hub also improves low-power machine learning.
In a similar spirit, the new image signal processor allows the camera to stay online at all times (but only communicate to the secure enclave).
However, the applications for this are a little hazy.
Qualcomm’s solutions, such as turning the phone off when you put it down, don’t appear to be very helpful.
With compatible sensors, cameras will also enable 8K HDR video and 18-bit RAW mode.
Since its beginnings, Qualcomm has been a leading force behind 5G, and 5G will be one of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1’s primary selling factors.
It has Qualcomm’s newest X65 modem, which provides theoretical maximum speeds of 10 Gbps on mmWave 5G.
Of course, no carrier on the planet can currently offer those speeds.
It also includes all of the sub-6 5G support you could possibly want.
This CPU will most likely be in at least a few phones by the end of 2021, but the Galaxy S22 series will most likely be the first significant release for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in early 2022.
Except for those that launch exclusively outside the US and Google’s Pixel phones, we anticipate seeing the Gen 1 in practically all Android flagships in 2022.