Friday, March 24

Snapdragon 8+ and 7 Gen1, this is the Qualcomm SoC for the next generation of mobile devices and tablets

The American company has just officially presented the new processors for high-end and premium mid-range devices that will fill the segments of tablets and smartphones. Let’s see what the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and 7 Gen 1 look like.

What had been an open secret has become a reality today when the Qualcomm company has just announced three chips, one focused on augmented reality glasses, the XR2 Gen 1, and the ones that we are going to deal with in depth here, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and 7 Gen 1.

The first of them comes to snatch the title of The company’s most powerful SoC to the almost homonymous Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 that we have already seen and have seen in many other mobiles.

While the latter is perhaps more important in terms of market share since takes the baton from the Snapdragon 778G and improves many of its features for mobiles that have a more content price range.

Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
Fabrication process 4nm Samsung Foundry 4nm Samsung Foundry
CPUs 1x Kryo (ARM Cortex-X2-based) Prime core @ 3.2GHz, 1MB L2 cache
3x Kryo (ARM Cortex A710-based) Performance cores @ 2.8GHz
4x Kryo (ARM Cortex A510-based) Efficiency cores @ 2.0GHz
10% more performance and 30% more efficient than SD8Gen1
1x ARM Cortex-A710 Prime core @2.4GHz
3x ARM Cortex-A710 Performance cores @2.36GHz
4x ARM Cortex-A510 Efficiency cores @1.8GHz
GPU adreno ??? GPU
10% faster and 30% efficient
adreno ??? GPU
20% faster than SD778G
screens Up to 4K 60Hz | QHD+ 144Hz | HDR10 and HDR10+ Up to QHD+ 60Hz | FHD+ 144Hz | HDR10 and HDR10+
AI Up to 20% better performance per watt than Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Up to 20% faster than SD778G
RAM Support up to LPDDR5 at 3,200 MHz and 16 GB Support up to LPDDR5 at 3,200 MHz and 16 GB
ISP Triple 18-bit Spectra 680 | Photo up to 200 Mpx | Video up to 8K 30 FPS | HDR Triple 14-bit Spectra | Photo up to 200 Mpx | Video up to 4K 30 FPS | HDR
Modem Snapdragon x65 5G | Up to 10 Gpbs Snapdragon X62 5G | Up to 4.4Gbps
Fast charge Qualcomm Quick Charge 5 Qualcomm QuickCharge 4+
Connectivity Positioning: Beidou | Galileo | GLONASS | GPS | QZSS | NavIC
Wi-Fi: Qualcomm FastConnect 6900, up to Wi-Fi 6E and support for 2.4 / 5 / 6 GHz networks
Bluetooth: Version 5.3
Positioning: Beidou | Galileo | GLONASS | GPS | QZSS | NavIC
Wi-Fi: Qualcomm FastConnect 6900, up to Wi-Fi 6E and support for 2.4 / 5 / 6 GHz networks
Bluetooth: Version 5.3

Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, 200 MHz more than SD 8 Gen 1 differentiates it

This processor is very similar to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 except for the operating frequencies, as we have seen in previous generations. We see how the CPU goes on to perform 200 MHz more at its maximum performance levelthat is to say with the X2 chip that reaches up to 3.2 GHz.

It should also improve GPU performance, but we have not been told figures on this.

The company mentions lower consumption and higher performance compared to its predecessor, the Snapdragon 8 Gen1, but we are certainly dealing with chips whose internal configuration is very similar.

From the Qualcomm offices they comment that This chip, in addition to being more powerful, can offer up to 1 more hour of play with the same battery as its Snapdragon 8 Gen1. Something that we would like to check, since even if they are selected chips from wafers that have come out perfect, it is a very large difference in consumption.

There are no differences in terms of photography since they mount the same 18-bit triple ISP system and offer support for recording HDR 8K 30 fps video.

also share the same Hexagon chip which serves to speed up tasks as well as the 7th generation of Qualcomm AI Engine. They report up to 20% better performance per watt than its predecessor.

In terms of connectivity, there are no differences: 5G modem (Snapdragon X65) and Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection system, so, as we can see, the differences are merely in terms of speed, as it works at a slightly higher frequency as standard than the Snapdragon 8 Gen1.

Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, finally a replacement for the premium mid-range

This model will be the one that integrates most mobile phones on the market in a range of up to 200-500 euros and is a rejuvenated and improved version of the Snapdragon 778G (6nm) manufactured in 4nm.

This implies that we will have a more powerful and efficient CPU, in addition inherits LPDDR5 support and state-of-the-art connectivity both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and 5G up to 4.4 Gbps.

This chip has a faster one-chip CPU configuration ARM Cortex-A710 Prime core @2.4GHz, for intensive multitasking it uses all three ARM Cortex A710 Performance at 2.36 GHz and for low load tasks it uses all 4 cores Cortex A510 Efficiency at 1.8GHz.

This, together with a new Adreno GPU with support for FHD + screens at 144 Hz and QHD + at 60 Hz, makes this chip perform according to Qualcomm up to 20% more than the Snapdragon 778G and have a 30% lower consumption.

That 30% is also the improvement in performance / consumption of the Qualcomm IA chip since we are facing its 7th generation.

In terms of photography and video, images of up to 200 Mpx and 4K 30 fps videos can be captured, as we see one of the great palpable differences compared to its older brother. Yes, we have HDR video recording support.

Qualcomm puts the batteries before the aggressive strategy of Mediatek

We could be facing a very interesting movement since, although the high-end we have taken over mobile phones with Snapdragon 8 Gen1 chip, which we have verified is the fastest of this previous generation, in the mid-range we were seeing how Mediatek cut quota market by leaps and bounds.

The Dimmensity are a before and after and there are models for all mid-ranges, from the most basic to more advanced ranges that reach mid-premium and high-end.

Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 is not going to surprise anyoneis a marketing move to sell the same chips in terms of design once production has been fine-tuned and more polished units are achieved and can reach a little more speed to work.

We will also like to see if the previous model was already warm, what will happen with the thermal throttling with these units and the more than 30º C that we are already experiencing in Spain in May.

where we do see a good response from Qualcomm is in this Snapdragon 7 Gen1 that we will love to try, since it may be the most rational option of all. We will have some limitation, less performance, but the energy consumption will be much lower than in the Snapdragon 778G generation and, of course, than in Snapdragon 8 Gen1.

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