For months, the rumor mill has been buzzing about the Snapdragon 8 Generation 1 Plus, or Snapdragon 8 Gene1+. Everything started when Qualcomm’s “unhappiness” with Samsung’s manufacturing of Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 became evident. The US-based chipmaker urged TSMC that a new batch Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoCs be made with higher thermal efficiency and thus more stable performance. The chips will be available, but the company will launch them under the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ brand. Qualcomm appears to be ready to unveil its flagship mobile chipset on May 20, following rumors and leaks. The company has announced through Weibo that it’s hosting a new conference in China. We will also finally get to see the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Generation 1.
Qualcomm has pretty much established this schedule of mid-year refreshes for its flagship SoCs. The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1+ was better than expected. But the biggest news is that it comes with a new chip supplier. The Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 was also anticipated. Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 last year. It was accompanied by a notorious rebranding campaign for its chipsets series. We knew it was only a matter of time before the new naming scheme reached other lineups. This is exactly what the Snapdragon 7 Generation 1 SoC release is doing. It’ll be the first mid-range series chip to get the new nomenclature. We will soon see the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 series, and possibly even the Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 Series.
SNAPDRAGON 8 GEN 1+ SPECIFICATIONS – FIRST DEVICES COMING SOON
Many brands are working on new models with the Qualcomm Snapdragon8 Gen 1+, including Motorola, Realme and Xiaomi. Unlike the Snapdragon 888+ and the 865+, we’re expecting a lot more smartphones to come with the Qualcomm mid-year refresh this year. Realme Vice President Xu Qi revealed already that this chip is in the making for a new smartphone. It will be the Realme GT Master Explorer Edition 2. We will also see a bunch of “Ultra” smartphones coming with this chipset, such as the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra, Xiaomi 12 Ultra, and the OnePlus 10 Ultra. These are all rumors. There is even a rumored Motorola RAZR 3 coming with it.
According to leaks the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ uses a 1 +3 +4 core configuration, much like its predecessor. However, the ARM Cortex X2 core will get a bump in clock speed to 2.99 GHz. The SoC will also include the ARM Cortex-A710 cores and A510 cores. The GPU will be the same Adreno 730, but we’re expecting some tweaks here and there. It is expected that the first devices equipped with it will be available after June.
SNAPDRAGON7 GEN 1 SPECIFICATIONS & THE FIRST DEVICES THAT COME WITH IT
The new refresh for the Snapdragon 700 series that brings the “premium mid-range” chips is coming with the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 SoC. The Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 SoC is closer to the flagship range than previous versions, such as the Snapdragon720G, 732G and 750G. It has a similar architecture to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 but with a 5nm manufacturing process.
There will be 4 x ARM Cortex–A710 cores as well as 4 x ARM Cortex–A150 cores at 2.3 GHz, 1.8 GHz, respectively. According to rumors, the Adreno662 GPU will handle graphics tasks. While the specifications are impressive, it is possible that the clock speed will have an adverse effect on performance. Recent benchmarks suggest a disappointing performance. We’ll need to wait and see how the real-life experience will be.
The Oppo Reno 8 may be the first device that will have it. This coincides with the release possible between June and July.
Qualcomm has been losing ground to MediaTek, especially in the “cost-effective” flagship range. We are eager to see if the new processors can bring the company back on top.