After a flurry of teasers, Qualcomm announced on December 01, 2021 their new flagship chip for 2022 phones: the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. At the press conference, Lei Jun also announced through video that Xiaomi Mi 12 will be equipped with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, and will meet you soon, including Black Shark Technology, Honor, iQOO, moto, Nubia, OnePlus, OPPO, realme, RedMi, SHARP, Sony, vivo, ZTE, etc. will also launch mobile phones, and it is expected that Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 devices will be launched by the end of 2021. It used to be Xiaomi, but there were also rumors that moto might be the first to publish it. Carry a mobile phone.
Renaming and Identity of Snapdragon Processor
Looking at the model number, everyone should also realize that this is a new name. In the past two years, the Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile phone chip platform has become more and more finely divided. In the large Snapdragon 4, 6, 7, and 8 series, it is divided into high, medium and low suffix numbers, and even small facelift products will be released in the middle of the year. , there are many products, which leads to the confusion of the naming.
In addition to understanding that the beginning of Snapdragon 4, 6, 7, and 8 are different, you may not know what the last two numbers represent (or you may not want to understand because it is too messy), Consumers cannot know the positioning of a mobile phone at a glance from the processor model.
This kind of cognitive confusion should change from this generation. Qualcomm announced last week that it will reorganize Snapdragon. First, “Snapdragon” and “Qualcomm” are divided into two brands, which means that “Snapdragon” will be upgraded in the future. To an independent brand, there are Snapdragon mobile, wearable, virtual reality, smart Internet of Things, automotive, PC, etc. platforms for various products under the brand.
The products will also adopt a simplified and consistent naming. The front is represented by a single number, and the product generation number is suffixed. The first release will start from the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 mobile platform released today.
In addition, the representative colors of Snapdragon will also be divided into late night blue, gun iron gray, nickel gray, Snapdragon red and gold, and only flagship products will be represented by gold. Perhaps in the future, we can not only use the first number to distinguish product grades, but also It can be distinguished by the color of the logo.
The Snapdragon Fireball Logo has also been redesigned, with simpler, modern lines and a more prominent fireball graphic.
But does this mean a simplified product line? If there are middle and high levels in the big series, how would they be named? There is no further explanation on this.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Specifications
Let’s take a look at the content of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Just like every year there are upgrades in every aspect, this year’s new products are further updated in terms of performance, shooting, game audio and video, AI, 5G, connectivity and security.
ARMv9 architecture CPU
In terms of CPU, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 adopts 4nm process, and the new eight-core new Kryo CPU adopts the latest ARMv9 architecture to form a 1+3+4 cluster architecture, including one based on Cortex-X2/ 3.0GHz large core and three based on Cortex- A710/ 2.5GHz performance core, and four Cortex-based A510/ 1.8GHz energy-efficient cores.
The overall performance of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is 20% higher than that of the Snapdragon 888, and the power efficiency ratio is 30%.
It can provide twice the frame rate of the game screen under the same power consumption
On the GPU side, the new Adreno GPU (well… no number), compared to the previous generation, increases graphics rendering speed by 30%, and is 25% more energy efficient.
Gaming performance is an increasingly important item in the past two years. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is equipped with more than 50 Snapdragon Elite Gaming features, which are claimed to provide high-quality HDR scenes for games, as well as desktop-level features, such as Adreno graphics. Motion Engine (Adreno Frame Motion Engine), which can generate twice the number of frames with the same power consumption.
It also supports “Variable Rate Shading Pro”, providing game developers with finer control to further fine-tune gaming performance. Desktop-grade stereo rendering brings unparalleled realism to fog, smoke, and particle effects that have been optimized for mobile by Qualcomm Technologies’ in-house Snapdragon studio.
In addition, according to TheVerge , Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 can allow mobile games to display effects similar to DLSS technology (Deep Learning Super Sampling Technology), and have the opportunity to achieve high-resolution and high-resolution smooth images through the AI engine, light tracking Technology…etc.
In terms of audio technology, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 integrates Bluetooth 5.2 and Snapdragon Sound technology to provide lossless wireless audio with Qualcomm aptX technology. It also supports the new LE audio function for the first time, which can be used in broadcast audio, stereo recording and back-channel gaming. voice.
Up to 10Gbps download speed
On the 5G connection, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 uses the new generation Snapdragon X65 modem chip, provides mmWave and Sub 6GHz frequency bands (device support is based on the manufacturer’s choice), and supports the 3GPP Release 16 specification, with a maximum download speed of 10Gbps.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 also supports Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E (up to 3.6Gbps). In addition to speed, it can ensure the smoothness of simultaneous connection of multiple devices, such as mobile gaming occasions.
ISP can process 4000 times the amount of data to support 18bit RAW and 8K HDR video
In traditional shooting projects, Qualcomm packaged the entire package of photography technology under the brand “Snapdragon Sight”, which may be better understood under one term. First of all, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 allows mobile phones to support shooting 18bit RAW and 8K HDR videos, which are numerically higher than the performance provided by the previous generation chips, but whether this feature can be seen depends on the choice of mobile phone manufacturers.
In terms of image processor, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is equipped with Spectra triple ISP upgraded to 18bit, which can process 4000 times more data than the previous generation, which is more helpful for adjusting dynamic range, video recording, and low-light images, for example, it can process more The information recorded by the photosensitive element increases the dynamic range by four stops, and shoots 8K HDR10+ videos that can record up to 1 billion colors.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 supports simultaneous shooting of 30 frames for compositing, and can also take advantage of the upgraded AI computing power to better handle auto exposure, focus, and shooting functions using face detection.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 also provides a dedicated “Bokeh Engine” and an “UltraWide Engine”. The former can add blurred background effects to 4K videos and shoot 4K portrait mode videos. The latter can Helps eliminate distortion and chromatic aberration.
In fact, there is an ISP in the Sensing Hub of the SoC, but this ISP is responsible for making the camera group have low power consumption and is always enabled, which is beneficial for developers to create more shots and use the functions of the front and rear lenses. , like apps that are always on detection, like faster face unlock. (It’s like the microphone is always on standby to detect whether the owner has given a command to call the voice assistant)
But when you hear that the camera has been working, do you think this will not invade your own and others’ privacy? Are you not afraid that this information will be used inappropriately? The video information feels more worrying than the sound detected by the microphone.
Qualcomm’s design is to store the image data detected by the lens in the mobile phone chip. Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 provides a dedicated “Trust Management Engine” hardware, and users can decide whether to enable the program to work constantly.
In addition, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 also complies with the standards of the “Android Ready SE” alliance. If the mobile phone is used as a digital key or certificate, it can provide standard security.
But…after all, users may have greater privacy concerns about cameras that work all the time. Will there really be programs that take advantage of this feature on mobile phones for consumers? I don’t know, this gatekeeping work also needs the cooperation of developers, mobile phone brands, and the trustworthy and rigorous Android security system.
Faster AI can be used to analyze sound to detect health
In terms of AI performance, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is equipped with the seventh-generation Hexagon processor, which provides twice the speed than the Snapdragon 888, and the shared memory is also twice as large, which is conducive to the quality of various functions that utilize AI.
For example, Qualcomm provides the “Leica Leitz Look Filter”, which is said to reproduce the bokeh effect of Leica lenses.
And “Hugging Face,” an AI-based natural language processing technology that prioritizes and analyzes incoming notifications. In addition, Qualcomm has also cooperated with Sonde Health to use the AI on the device to accelerate the analysis of the user’s voice status to determine whether there are symptoms or risks such as asthma, depression, and COVID-19.
Not surprisingly Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 year will bring some routine upgrade, but still is an upgrade, especially in shooting with the game, consumers should still expect treatment Device upgrades can optimize the experience and bring new quality, but all upgrades will only be shown more concretely after the mobile phone is released, or the developer has released the work.
Qualcomm officially mentioned that mobile phones equipped with Snapdragon 8 Gen1 will be released at the end of 2021, which is earlier than Dimensity 9000 mobile phones, but Xiaomi, moto, or other brands, continue to pay attention.
As for the foundry partners, although the market is rumored to use Samsung’s 4nm process, there are also market speculations that Qualcomm may be put into production at both TSMC and Samsung