Admittedly, it’s a bit of a dry topic when it comes to new smartphone processors that see the light of day. However, we’d like to tell you at this point about two new SoCs that Qualcomm has just introduced. Because these are the chipsets that will be used in many flagship mobile phones from well-known manufacturers and in new smartphones in the upper middle class in the coming months. These are the devices you are likely to use in the future.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 – Top New Smartphone Processor
Qualcomm introduced Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 at the end of 2021. This is currently the fastest processor for premium smartphones. And that’s exactly what gets an upgrade with the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. The manufacturer promises, among other things, a 10 percent speed increase. In detail, the CPU cluster, which is divided into three regions, offers three Cortex-A710 and four Cortex-A510 cores as well as one Cortex-X2 core. So far, though, Qualcomm has only offered a specific speed of the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 X2 core. Its speed is up to 3.2GHz. For comparison: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 only has a peak of 3GHz.
Qualcomm also promises a ten percent higher clock frequency for the Adreno GPU. At least it is, however, that the manufacturer says that it has succeeded in reducing power consumption compared to the previous one. On average, Qualcomm talks about a 15 percent better power balance for the SoC. Another important change: the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 will continue to be produced using the 4nm process, but not by Samsung, but by TSMC.
Compared to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, there were no relevant changes to the remaining parameters. The Snapdragon X65 5G modem is used, for example, Bluetooth 5.3, WiFi 6 are available and of course 8K support for videos and photo resolutions up to 200 megapixels should not be missing.
In terms of supported mobile screens, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 supports not only 4K panels with a refresh rate of up to 60Hz, but up to 144Hz for QHD+ panels. The first peripherals with the new processor should be available during the third quarter of 2022 to come on the market. Among others from Xiaomi, OnePlus, Asus and Oppo.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 – For the upper middle class
Qualcomm also introduced Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 for smartphones in the upper middle class. As the successor to the Snapdragon 780G 5G, it stays ahead with speeds up to 2.4GHz. However, it is still not clear how the groups of individual processors are divided. What is certain is that the new 7 series of the Snapdragon family is optimized primarily for mobile gaming and also supports a resolution of up to 200 megapixels for the integrated cameras.
Qualcomm chose the Snapdragon X62 for the 5G modem – with a speed of up to 4.4 Gbit / s. WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.3 and a refresh rate of 144 Hz (FHD +) or 60 Hz (QHD +) are also on board the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1. However, in this case, it is not produced by TSMC, but by Samsung. 8K videos cannot be recorded using the SoC, but 4K support is provided in video mode.
Honor, Oppo and Xiaomi are said to be among the first manufacturers willing to introduce smartphones based on the new SoC. But Motorola, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme and Vivo are also among those customers who have at least announced their intention to buy the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 for future mobile phones from Qualcomm. The first smartphones based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 are supposed to be available during the second quarter of 2022, that is, by the end of June.
New reference design for augmented reality glasses
Qualcomm also announced a new reference design for augmented reality glasses that puts an end to the rotten look we all know from virtual reality glasses. It is not only the new Snapdragon XR2 platform being used. Alternatively, the glasses also access a smartphone via WLAN, for example, in order to outsource demanding display tasks to external devices. As the predecessor to the XR1 platform, it was still necessary to use a troublesome cable to connect to the smartphone.
Qualcomm developed the so-called Wireless AR Smart Viewer with Goertek. Augmented reality glasses should also be an example of how the Metaverse will be accessed in the future. Qualcomm and Goertek are relying on two micro-OLED panels with Full HD resolution for their new AR glasses. The refresh rate should be 90 Hz. Two monochrome cameras and one RGB camera enable 6-degrees of freedom (6DoF) head tracking and hand tracking with gesture recognition.
Qualcomm has not provided any information yet on when the first products that take the Wireless AR Smart Viewer’s reference design will be on the market.