Qualcomm unveils new Snapdragon chipsets

Qualcomm has announced its latest line up of mobile platforms, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1.

The two chipsets are designed to power the next generation of premium and high-tier Android smartphones.

The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Mobile Platform offers 10 per cent faster speeds, 30 per cent power reduction, 8K HDR video recording, and up to 20 per cent better performance per Watt to enable ultra-advanced AI use cases. The company said it will be adopted by brands including Black Shark, HONOR, iQOO, Lenovo, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, OPPO, OSOM, realme, RedMagic, Redmi, vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE.

The Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 aims to unlock improvements to mobile gaming, high-speed connectivity, and intelligent entertainment. Qualcomm said it will be adopted by leading global OEMs and brands including HONOR, OPPO, and Xiaomi.

Christopher Patrick, senior vice president and general manager, mobile handsets, Qualcomm Technologies, explained, “In the mobile segment, our primary focus is to deliver new, ground-breaking features and technologies to the industry, and for our customers’ flagship devices.

“We implement these features first in our Snapdragon 8-series and then waterfall them down our mobile roadmap. The new Snapdragon 8+ and 7 Gen 1 both deliver breakthrough user experiences in their respective tiers.”

The company said commercial devices based on these new mobile platforms are expected to be available starting in Q2 2022.