Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 in 4 key stats

Here’s how Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon chip is going to make a difference (or not) in new Android phones.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 powered some of this year’s top Android flagships, like the Samsung Galaxy S22+, but time marches inexorably forward, and there’s a new and improved chip waiting in the wings...

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Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1

It isn’t a big enough change to warrant a new number, but should make some meaningful improvements to both the CPU and GPU performance of Qualcomm’s mobile platform.


Faster CPU performance of 8+ Gen 1 versus 8 Gen 1.

Improvements to CPU and GPU performance and efficiency should improve all processes across the the 8+ Gen 1.

The most impressive (and potentially unnecessary): Support for simultaneous 8K HDR video capture and 64-megapixel photos.

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Improved CPU power efficiency.

Qualcomm claims improvements in CPU efficiency could translate to “over 50 minutes” more of web browsing or social media posting. The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 also has “up to 20 percent better performance/watt” than the Snapdragon 8 for AI-related tasks.

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Faster GPU clock speeds on the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1.

Support for volumetric rendering means smoke and fog in mobile games should look even more realistic with the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. But what might be more meaningful is Qualcomm’s claim that its on-chip GPU uses 30 percent less power.

All the better for smartphones’ over-taxed batteries.

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Greater power savings on the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1.

Improved power savings translates to around an hour of extra mobile gaming time or 80 minutes more video streaming according to Qualcomm’s testing (with likely ideal conditions).


Qualcomm wouldn’t go into detail when asked what specific changes caused those CPU improvements, and suggested that a combination of the company’s “node, architecture, and software optimizations” were the culprit.

The company is also applying what it’s learned to its other chips...

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Snapdragon 7 Gen 1

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 is mainly getting trickle-down improvements related to gaming, along with some firsts, like the especially egregious support for 200-megapixel photos.

Snapdragon 7 Gen 1

The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 will be available in phones starting Q2.

From partners like Motorola, Lenovo, Oppo, OnePlus, and more.

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