Most of the flagship and most interesting smartphones have already received Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processors. For the most part, users have not complained about them and there have been no high-profile cases of any problems. But the chipmaker is not going to stop, so we did not have to wait long for the updated version of Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 with the index “+” inside the name.
Qualcomm did not go into details about where the improvements come from, but on paper, there are some. The company claims better stability of the new chip, so it should spend less at high loads. Part of the responsibility for this, of course, lies with the specific manufacturer because they need to take into account all the nuances of cooling.
In addition, the manufacturer drew attention to better (up to 30%) energy efficiency of CPUs and graphics, along with a 20% improvement in energy savings when performing AI tasks. Again, this does not necessarily mean an increase in battery life, although the list of benefits includes a 15% reduction in total “fuel” consumption, which can be converted into an additional “almost an hour” of play, or 50 minutes on social media. And this with an additional 10% of the speed separately and the processor and video.
So most likely it will be a processor for new gaming smartphones, and the upgrade of the flagships will wait for the next generation (Gen 2), if suddenly there is a new semiconductor or “who-knows-what-else” crisis.
Also in the “younger” line of Snapdragon processors should be Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1. It is 20% ahead of the graphics performance of its predecessor. It will master some skills of the “older” model (such as Adreno Frame Motion Engine, which should make images smoother by interpolating frames).