There are a number of new features in Qualcomm’s next-generation chipset Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 for high-end Android handsets. The new ARMv9 instruction set and new naming scheme make it a clean break from earlier designs. As soon as this year comes to a close, we’ll be able to witness it in action in commercially available phones.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
A brand new naming strategy has been introduced: digits for class (eight is flagship) and a generation (Gen1 is the first). For the first time, Qualcomm is using a new generation of CPU architecture in a 4nm processor. Because there is so much to say about the camera’s hardware, we’ll devote a whole article to it.
Cores & Performance
However, the cores are now based on the ARMv9 designs in the CPU’s three clusters. There will be a Cortex-X2 core running at 3.0GHz as the primary core. Cortex-A710 performance cores clock at 2.5GHz, while A510 efficiency cores clock in at 1.78GHz to support it.
New CPUs are 20 percent quicker than Snapdragon 888 counterparts but use 30 percent less power overall.
New Adreno GPU
The new Adreno, on the other hand, claims a 30% performance gain and up to a 25% reduction in power consumption because of its redesigned design. A third Elite Gaming feature created by Qualcomm will help developers to find the right balance between performance and power consumption.
As a result, the Adreno Frame Motion Engine doubles the frame rate of a game while still using the same amount of power. Alternatively, the FPS can be maintained while the power consumption is reduced by 50%.
Desktop-class volumetric rendering is another new capability. For dramatic lighting effects, such as the God rays that level designers seem to enjoy so much, volumetric lighting is used. Also new is Variable Rate Shading Pro, an image-based VRS that could make it easier for more games to include VRS. Some of the most well-known game developers have teamed up with Qualcomm to ensure that their titles take full advantage of the hardware.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 has a built-in X65 5G modem that supports both sub-6 and mmWave frequencies, and can theoretically produce peak speeds of 10 Gbps. Uplink carrier aggregation is supported for the first time.
Wi-Fi 6 & 6E
Wi-Fi 6 and 6E, as well as upgrades to Bluetooth, are now supported in the local area. The new Bluetooth LE chip can deliver CD-quality audio. It has Bluetooth LE Audio, which is a significant improvement over previous technology. In order to broadcast audio to an unlimited number of receivers, the Broadcast Audio capability was created. In addition to voice-back channels, stereo recording will be available.
Adding the Trust Management Engine (TME) to the chip, which sits below the hypervisor, further enhances security (which was introduced with the 888). As long as there are no security breaches above it, there will be no danger to the TME.
It is expected that the first flagships powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will be released before December of this year.
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