Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon chips will speed up Android phones

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Many of the best Android phones and tablets use a Qualcomm system-on-a-chip (SoC), and now the company has revealed its fastest mobile chip yet: the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. There’s also a new Snapdragon 7 chip. , intended for upper mid-range phones.

Qualcomm revealed Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in December 2021, which is now used in most high-end Android phones and tablets released this year (including the Galaxy S22, OnePlus 10 Pro, and Galaxy Tab S8 series). The new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 it’s a mid-cycle update, with slightly improved graphics and performance to wait until next year’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.

Qualcomm says the new chip has an improved Adreno GPU, with “up to” 10% faster graphics and a 30% reduction in power usage, compared to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, so mobile gaming ( or anything else with lots of graphics) will work. A bit better. The Kyro CPU cores reportedly have “up to 10% faster processing” as well as a “30% improvement in power efficiency.” There are a lot of “up to” measures in there, mainly because mobile chipsets are designed to slow down the clock when you’re doing less intensive tasks; you don’t need the full power of a flagship chip to scroll through Instagram.

XDA Developers got an engineering sample phone from Asus with the new chip to run some benchmarks, and the results are mostly in line with Qualcomm’s claims. The highest possible performance will vary by device (some phones and tablets have better heat transfer/cooling than others), but XDA reported ~10% increase in multi-core CPU performance compared to 8 Gen 1.

That’s not the only Qualcomm chip revealed, as the company also announced the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1. This is the next step up the performance ladder from Gen 8+ and Gen 8, and it replaces the Snapdragon 778G (which was used in Motorola Edge 30, Samsung Galaxy A73 and other phones). Qualcomm says it has “over 20% faster” graphics rendering than the 778G and an improved image signal processor (ISP). Some features from more expensive chips come to the 7 series for the first time, such as Qualcomm aptX Lossless audio, Trust Management Engine, and Android Ready SE. That last feature is especially useful, as it’s how Android will store government IDs and driver’s licenses in the future.

Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 is expected to start showing up in phones and tablets in the second quarter of 2022, from companies like Honor and Xiaomi. The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 will arrive in the third quarter of 2022 and will be used in phones from ASUS ROG, OnePlus, OPPO, Motorola, ZTE and others.

Source: Qualcomm