Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip: Improved performance, camera capabilities and more

Dec 1, 2021

By: Shadab Rabbani

First chipset

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is the first chipset to carry Qualcomm’s new naming scheme, becoming a successor to Snapdragon 888 and 888 .

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Promises

This latest chipset promises improved performance, camera technology, AI capabilities, security, and 5G.

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Performance

According to Qualcomm, the latest chipset will offer up to 20 percent better performance and is up to 30 percent more power-efficient than its predecessor.

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CPU

It has an eight-core Kryo CPU that will feature one prime core based on the Cortex-X2 at 3.0GHz, three performance cores and four efficiency cores.

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Graphics

It has an Andreno GPU that promises to offer 30 percent faster graphics rendering, along with 25 percent better power efficiency.

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Camera

The image signal processor is improved to an 18-bit system from a 14-bit ISP in its predecessor, meaning it processes 4,096 times more camera data.

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8K video

With suitable hardware, the chipset will support shooting in 8K video with HDR 10 Plus. Apart from this, it will allow clicking 240 12-megapixel photos in a single second.

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Artificial Intelligence

It comes with Qualcomm’s Hexagon processor that improves a host of camera capabilities such as improved exposure, auto-focus, and auto-face detection technology along with improving gaming performance.

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Security

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 adds a new hardware-level layer of security and adds support for digital car keys, driver’s licenses, IDs, and e-money wallets.

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First smartphones

Xiaomi 12, a new Motorola Edge and Oppo’s upcoming flagship devices will feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip. Apart from these, most Samsung Galaxy S22 series are likely to have the chipset.

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