Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is the name of the new chip that the best Android models will use. The first is actually coming later this year, this month, with more on the way in the first half of 2022.
“Artificial Intelligence, Camera, Games and Communication”
The Snapdragon 888 was also revealed on December 1, so Qualcomm is following the tradition this year as well.
The new chip is powerful enough to support Unreal Engine 5 with 3 GHz CPU cores and Kryo CPU. Qualcomm refers only to the GPU as Adreno, and says it’s “25 percent more efficient, 30 percent faster” and “the first Snapdragon platform to support UE 5.”
The AI chip is also significantly improved by four times the performance of the 888, while the CPU performance is not significantly improved because it is very similar to its predecessor.
Other things included are the X65 5G modem with speeds up to 10Gbps (as the world’s first) and WiFi 6e.
Processes 8K video
The chip’s “Sight 18-bit ISP” processor handles up to 8K video @ 30FPS. It can process 4,000 times more data than the 14-bit chip of its predecessor and can capture images at up to 3.2 gigapixels per second.
In practice, this means that the first generation can process data from 3 x 36 megapixel cameras simultaneously without layers.”
4K @ 120FPS and slow motion 720p @ 960FPS are also present.
always on camera
What’s interesting from a consumer perspective, regardless of all the numbers, is that it also has an always-on image processor and gives the camera almost life without using up battery life. This also provides support for always face detection.
New aptX Lossless support means CD quality (16-bit 44.1kHz) streams over a wireless connection.
On the security front, we find built-in support for Android Ready SE from Google, which in turn provides the ability to store car keys and ID.
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