True, getting to the top is difficult, and preserving and maintaining there is even more difficult, but what do you think of a corporation that doesn't even recognize the existence of peaks and instead just rises! Of course, we're talking about Qualcomm, the world's biggest chip maker, which is at the core of a huge number of Android handsets.

On May 20, the company announced the launch of its latest processors in the upper and middle categories, represented by the Snapdragon 8 Plus chipsets first generation and Snapdragon 7 chipsets first generation, which would up the competition to a new level, but before we get into the upcoming Qualcomm masterpiece, let's take a look at the first generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 8, which is currently the best smartphone processor ever and the cornerstone of the Snapdragon 8 Plus chipsets first generation.

Snapdragon 8 first generation

If you believe that the last Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor is without a doubt the best, then your belief is no longer valid, especially with the introduction of the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which features significant changes, whether in terms of efficiency or the name, which for the first time uses the term “Gen 1” instead of the three numbers used in previous versions.

Of course, the name change did not occur by chance, but rather as a result of the processor's considerable advances, which include not only greater artificial intelligence and lower power consumption, but also significant advancements in the processor design. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU features an eight-core ARMv9 architecture with a single Cortex-X2 core running at 3.0 GHz, three Cortex-A710 cores running at 2.5 GHz, and four A510 cores running at 1.8 GHz.


All of this is despite the fact that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 relied on a high-end graphics processor, the Adreno 730 class, with a frequency of 818MHz, which provides a 30% increase in grazing performance over the previous Snapdragon 888 processor.

Of course, the improvements did not stop there; Qualcomm also contributed to the development of the processing accessory for the camera. It even gave it its own brand, “Snapdragon Sight,” which includes impressive features as a processing capacity of 3.2 gigapixels per second, which translates to the potential to snap 240 12-megapixel photographs per second!

Snapdragon 8
Snapdragon chipsets: Snapdragon 8

That is, twice as much as the Snapdragon 888, not to mention support for 8K video recording with HDR 10 Plus and the ability to merge 30 frames into a single image, an increase of 6 frames over the previous edition, which is evident in the quality of night photography and low light photography.

The Sensor Hub, a fourth image signal processor (ISP), has also been added to permanently activate the front camera for use in useful features for the user, such as closing the phone screen when the user's face is not looking at it, as well as improving artificial intelligence techniques such as auto focus, auto exposure, and auto face detection.

The Snapdragon X65 modem, which allows download rates of up to 10Gbps, is also included. For the first time in Snapdragon CPUs, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 supports Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6E, and Bluetooth LE Audio.

Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 is The Masterpiece

While some may be suspicious of the “next is better” adage, Qualcomm demonstrates it via continual product development, and if the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 we've seen thus far is the best of the year, the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 released last week is the best of the best! This year, in the third quarter.

Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1
Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1

Of course, this does not imply that there is a significant difference between the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, but rather that there will be some improvements in the processor's performance, as Qualcomm claims that the new processors will provide 10% better performance and consume 10% less power than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

Qualcomm has improved power performance by 30% compared to the previous generation, which does not indicate that the smartphone battery would survive for longer hours, but it does assist to regulate the processor's performance, which would eliminate the heat issue that plagued some Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 devices.

Other than that, there are no significant differences, implying that the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 is identical to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, but with no heat issues and improved performance, particularly when playing games or surfing the Internet over 5G, provided that manufacturers of smartphones, specifically those in the higher categories, including those dedicated to gaming, provide adequate cooling.

Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 is Qualcomm's next mid-range

Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
Snapdragon 7 Gen 1

Qualcomm's new monster reveals its fangs, which is the successor to the Snapdragon778G for mid-range phones, but with major changes not only in the name as we mentioned, but also in performance, as the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 is made with the leading 4nm technology and a CPU with a speed of up to 2.4 GHz in addition to the inclusion of an Adreno 662 graphics processor.

The Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chip includes the Snapdragon X62 5G modem, which allows for download speeds of up to 4.4Gb/s, as well as the triple Spectra ISP image processor, which allows for shooting 4K video with HDR and supports FHD+ screens with a frame refresh rate of up to 144Hz and QHD + resolutions with a frame refresh rate of up to 60 Hz, implying a middle-class processor with relatively high efficiency, especially in the gaming field, especially


Finally, while the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 processor appears to be designed for gaming phones, companies that specialize in that orientation, such as Asus and Black Shark, prefer the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor, unlike Honor, Oppo, and Xiaomi, which will have Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 services starting in the second quarter of this year.

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