The Qualcomm Mobile Platform That Will Power Next-Gen Android Flagship Phones


Qualcomm is announcing the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the direct follow-up to last year’s Snapdragon 888. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Mobile Platform is the first mobile SoC in Qualcomm’s line-up to adopt a fresh branding strategy that eschews the triple-digit naming convention of its predecessors, and as expected, it is Qualcomm’s most powerful mobile platform to date.


  • The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will be equipped with the 7th Gen Qualcomm AI Engine that is rated to have two times larger shared memory along with a two times faster tensor accelerator to deliver a better per-watt performance over the 6th Gen Qualcomm AI Engine available on the Snapdragon 888.
  • The new chip will also be based on a 4nm process technology. This is an upgrade over the 5nm process technology that was used by Snapdragon 888 last year.
  • The Kryo CPU particularly has Arm Cortex-X2 cores that can be clocked up to 3GHz. The CPU is claimed 20 faster performance and 30 percent power efficiency over its counterpart available on the Snapdragon 888.
  • The new Adreno GPU is also rated to deliver a 30 percent boost in graphics rendering and 25 percent improvement in power saving in comparison with its predecessor.
    The chip also has integrated Leica Leitz Look filters for an enhanced bokeh effect. Further, there is an AI-based natural language processing from machine learning community Hugging Face.
  • The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is also paired with a 3rd Gen Qualcomm Snapdragon Hub that is claimed to process the data streams using low-power AI.
  • The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 has over 50 Snapdragon Elite Gaming features to help provide a smooth and responsive experience along with colour-rich HDR scenes.
  • The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 also includes an enhanced security using a dedicated Trust Management Engine. This is also claimed to provide root of trust for apps and services installed on the system.


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