Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip now official
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. has just introduced its latest premium 5G mobile platform, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. It is dubbed as the brand’s most advanced 5G mobile platform and the world’s first 5G modem-RF solution to reach 10 Gigabit download speeds.
It is equipped with the 4th gen Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System. In addition, the Snapdragon 8 features the Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 Mobile Connectivity System supporting WiFi speeds of up to 3.6 Gbps—over Wi-Fi 6 and 6E.
According to Qualcomm, the 7th Gen Qualcomm AI Engine is equipped with the ultra-high performance and efficient Qualcomm Hexagon processor, featuring a 2x faster tensor accelerator and 2x larger shared memory than its predecessor.
Moreover, this new premium mobile platform comes with Snapdragon Sight Technology that includes the first commercial 18-bit mobile ISP, capturing over 4000x more camera data than its predecessor for extreme dynamic range, color, and sharpness at staggering speeds up to 3.2 gigapixels per second. This is also the first 8K HDR video capture in a mobile platform and it’s capable of capturing in the premium HDR10+ format.
With over 50 Snapdragon Elite Gaming features, the Snapdragon 8 is said to deliver ultra-smooth responsiveness, color-rich HDR scenes at the highest visual quality, and desktop-level capabilities that are mobile-firsts. However, the new Qualcomm Adreno GPU provides a 30% boost in graphics rendering capabilities and a 25% improvement in power savings compared to the previous generation to unlock a new generation of mobile GPUs, Qualcomm claims.
For audio, the Snapdragon 8 comes with integrated Bluetooth 5.2 and Snapdragon Sound Technology, now also featuring Qualcomm aptX Lossless Technology for CD-quality lossless wireless audio. This is the first Snapdragon mobile platform to support all-new LE audio features such as broadcast audio, stereo recording, and voice back-channel for gaming.
Furthermore, this is the first Snapdragon platform to feature a dedicated Trust Management Engine to achieve heightened security and provide additional Root of Trust for apps and services. Snapdragon 8 is also the world’s first mobile platform to feature Android Ready SE—the new standard for digital car keys, drivers’ licenses, and more. Additionally, the Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit features support for iSIM, an integrated SIM card so users can easily and securely connect to cellular networks without a SIM card.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will be adopted by global OEMs and brands including Black Shark, Honor, iQOO, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, OPPO, Realme, Redmi, SHARP, Sony Corporation, vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE, with commercial devices expected by the end of 2021.