Top 6 Updates for the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+

Smartphones are amazing pieces of technology. They allow us to stay connected to the world on the go, and we’ve come a long way in terms of performance and features over the years. Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ is Qualcomm’s latest mobile platform, and it brings a number of significant improvements over older versions. Here are six of the most important upgrades you can expect to see with this new chip.

American chip maker Qualcomm is a major player in the smartphone chip industry. In fact, many brands as well as consumers are looking forward to their new chips. Although MediaTek is now seriously catching up with Qualcomm in the flagship chip market, the former still has an advantage, and following up on the SD 8 Gen 1, the company has announced a new flagship processor. Yesterday, Qualcomm officially announced the new generation chip on the Snapdragon 8 mobile platform, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. Well, that’s the name the company chose. Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. We all expected this chip to be called SD 8 Gen 1+, but it didn’t.

Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1

The new flagship platform, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, achieves dual improvements in power efficiency and performance. According to reports, this chip comes with major changes in six aspects: energy efficiency, performance, AI capabilities, camera features, connectivity, and security. This time around, the company is using TSMC 4nm process in Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. Remember that Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 uses Samsung 4nm process. However, SD 8+ still uses an eight-core architecture including 1 Cortex X2 super core + 3 large A710 cores + 4 small A510 cores. Officially, your performance improves by 10%. Although the 10% performance improvement may be minimal, the chip also improves its power consumption. Compared to the previous generation, the power consumption of this chip has been reduced by about 15%.

Let’s take a look at the six major updates to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ SoC.

In this article you will find:

Smart Snapdragon

Powered by Qualcomm’s 7th Generation AI Engine, which is optimized based on SD8 Gen 1 for overall AI power efficiency. It also provides approximately 20% energy efficiency improvement.

Snapdragon Sightimage

Supports 18-bit Qualcomm Spectra Triple ISP and 8K HDR video shooting.

Snapdragon Sound Audio

Support for Qualcomm’s aptX audio technology, combined with the FastConnect 6900 mobile communication system, to create the best audio experience;

Snapdragon Elite Gaming

Supports all Snapdragon Elite Gaming features, including stereo display;

Snapdragon Connect

Based on Snapdragon X65 5G modem and RF system, with FastConnect 6900 mobile link system, it provides up to 10Gbps link rate and extremely fast link rate. It also supports 5G + 5G card dual swipe.

Snapdragon secure security

It supports Qualcomm’s Secure Processing Unit (SPU) and Android Ready SE-compliant Trusted Execution Environment (QTEE), providing customers with a secure leading experience.

Many OEMs and brands around the world will adopt the new generation of Snapdragon 8 series. The press conference mentioned that Xiaomi will be the first to launch a smartphone with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. However, other brands such as iQOO, Realme and the new flag of OnePlus will have smartphones in the first batch.

Now both Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and MediaTek Dimensity 9000 use TSMC’s 4nm process. The launch of Qualcomm’s new mobile platform has increased pressure on MediaTek.

SNAPDRAGON 8+ GEN 1 – Enhanced Performance and Thermal Management

As we said earlier, the SD 8+ Gen 1 comes with decent improvements and modest speed. One of the main aspects of interest to this segment is likely to be energy efficiency. We all know the big question with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

The chip is fast but, like the Snapdragon 888, the 8 Gen 1 emits a lot of heat. In addition, these chips (SD888 and SD8 Gen1) also consume quite a bit of power. The new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 addresses these issues; Performance is 10% higher, while energy efficiency gets a significant upgrade by about 30%.

Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1

The configuration and design of the cores are the same, however, the pico ARM Cortex-X2 core can now reach 3.2GHz. It matches the faster speeds of the Snapdragon 870 from 2021. The 3 x ARM Cortex-A710 (Gold) cores reach 2.75GHz, while the Cortex-A510 (Silver) is boosted to 2.0GHz.

For comparison, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 had clock speeds of 3.0 GHz, 2.5 GHz, and 1.8 GHz. Overall energy efficiency improved at the SoC level by 15%. According to the company, a phone using the same chipset can transmit video for 1 hour and 30 minutes longer than a phone using the old chip. When it comes to light use, the difference easily rises to nearly 6 hours.

The devices remain the same

Looking at the SD 8 Gen 1 and SD 8+ Gen 1, the only difference is the manufacturer, efficiency, performance, and power consumption. For hardware, both chips use the same thing, with SD 8+ Gen 1 supporting up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage.

The display console can handle QHD+ at up to 144Hz or 4K at 60Hz, complete with 10-bit display, HDR 10+ support, and theoretical peak speeds of 10Gbps. The chip also supports Wi-Fi 6/6E at up to 3.6GHz, Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity with aptX lossless audio support and Bluetooth LE.

Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1

According to the chip maker, the SD 8+ Gen 1 smartphones will come from the third quarter (July and September). Unlike previous generations, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 will appear on many smartphones. There are many companies that are preparing new competitors. ASUS, Black Shark, Honor, Lenovo, Nubia, Motorola, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Vivo, ZTE and OSOM are preparing smartphones with the new chip. According to the leaks, Samsung is preparing new foldable variants with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1.


A few days ago, Chen Jin, general manager of Lenovo’s mobile sales division in China, announced that Motorola’s flagship phone equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor will appear soon. Chen Jin says Motorola will bring an overall improvement and pioneer the truly powerful SD 8+ Gen 1, with comprehensive innovation from computational hyperpixel imaging to unlocking performance and experience.

Motorola claims that the CPU power consumption of this new processor has been reduced by about 30% compared to the SD 8 Gen 1. Moreover, the GPU power consumption has also been reduced by up to 30%. The company believes that the platform’s overall power consumption has been reduced by about 15% compared to the SD 8 Gen 1. However, Snapdragon claims the overall power consumption improvement is 10%.

It is worth noting that in December 2021, Motorola released the world’s cheapest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 smartphone with a starting price of 2,999 yuan ($448). According to Motorola’s pricing strategy, the next new product is expected to be the affordable Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which is something to look forward to.

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