NS Snapdragon 8 first generationQualcomm’s new high-performance chipset was officially announced on Tuesday (30). During the Snapdragon Summit 2021, the company presented the chip that will be shipped in the next generation mobile phones. In addition, it brought major news that will be available to consumers.
Technically, the new chipset features a 4nm architecture and has a Kryo CPU of up to 3.0GHz (Cortex-X2) with a 64-bit architecture. also important With Qualcomm Quick Charge 5 . technology and connectivity improvements, which promise more stability and faster speeds.
But what does this mean in practice? Check out some of the main functions that the following mobile phones can gain with the new processor.
1. Best for gaming
According to Qualcomm, the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 should enhance mobile gaming capabilities. The company reports that the new Adreno GPU offers 30% faster display graphics, as well as a 25% increase in efficiency compared to the Snapdragon 888 chipset.
New chipsets support the Snapdragon Elite Gaming feature set (Photo: Qualcomm)
The company also cites the Gen 1 as the first platform with Audiokinetic audio technology, which promises console quality. It is also compatible with the Unreal Engine 5 and should ensure more realism in elements such as fog and smoke thanks to the volumetric rendering.
2. 8K HDR footage
The new devices also feature Snapdragon Sight technology, which features the first 18-bit image signal processor (ISP) for a mobile device. The add-on promises high dynamic range photos and videos, vivid colors and clarity. For videos, highlights are recorded in 8K resolution with HDR enabled. In parallel, the user will still be able to take 64MP photos while shooting at this resolution.
According to the company, the new ISP can capture 4,000 times more camera data than its 14-bit predecessor.
3. Faster, clearer photos
With the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, users will be able to shoot without lag with photos at up to 100MP resolution – even though it supports 200MP sensors. In short, the agility group can also explore two cameras at the same time, as in 64 + 36 MP, for example. It is also capable of capturing 240 photos (12MP) in one second, the company guarantees.
Another highlight goes to photos in low light. According to Qualcomm, the improvement can be up to 5x. These functions, of course, are at the discretion of the manufacturers, who may or may not exploit all this potential in their future releases.
Snapdragon 8 camera news of the first generation (Photo: Qualcomm)
3. Better screens
Gen 1 devices will be able to explore screens with maximum resolutions of up to 4K with a refresh rate of 60Hz. However, it will also be possible to see devices with screens with a resolution of QHD + at 144 Hz.
On external monitors, the maximum supported resolution is 4K (60 Hz). However, the devices can display content with a depth of 10 bits (of color gamut), support for HDR10 and HDR10+, as well as feature improvements for OLED screens.
4. 5G e Wi-Fi 6 / 6E
Along with Gen 1, Qualcomm will implement the fourth generation of the Snapdragon X65 5G RF Modem. Introduced in July, during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the device has up to 10Gbps of connectivity over 5G connections. Cell phones should also have “unprecedented” uplink for 5G networks, thanks to carrier aggregation.
At the other end is Wi-Fi 6 (and 6E) as well and can reach speeds of up to 3.6Gbps. The improvements, Qualcomm guarantees, can be extended to different applications: audio devices, such as wireless Bluetooth or wireless headphones, will have better performance and no loss (aptX Lossless); LE Audio (Low Energy) streaming and recording are supported, all with the promise of low power consumption.
5. Smarter Cell Phones
Mobile phones that will be launched over the next few months are also expected to be “smarter”. With the seventh generation Qualcomm AI Engine, the first generation promises improvements based on artificial intelligence (AI). Among them, portrait mode (bokeh effect) can be the most natural.
The chipset will also be able to analyze, aggregate and prioritize notifications or analyze a user’s voice to identify potential health differences and conditions. In numbers, Qualcomm reports that the performance is 4 times better than its predecessor, but it also has better energy efficiency to power such functions.
According to Qualcomm, the first smartphones with the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor should be launched on the market in 2021.
* The journalist traveled to Hawaii at the invitation of Qualcomm.
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