We Check out Some Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Smartphones
It’s a little early, but at this moment in time, there have been a couple of smartphone launches that feature Qualcomm’s newest and most powerful mobile chip to date, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. Qualcomm has designed the SoC to surpass competing chips from Samsung, Apple, and Google, for example.
Of course, it’s also designed to provide significant performance improvements compared to its predecessor, the snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The included Qualcomm Adreno GPU offers increased GPU clock speeds, reduced power consumption, and the Qualcomm Kryo CPU adds better CPU performance and power efficiency – these are only a couple of the built-in features of the 8+ Gen 1, which is undoubtedly a top performer in terms of speed and power.
With that said, you might be looking for a phone which makes use of the newest powerhouse processor from Qualcomm – in that case, we’ve prepared a handy little list of devices which will run on the new SoC.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra
Xiaomi’s newest 12S Ultra is powered by the 8+ Gen 1, which in a way isn’t surprising as the recently-launched handset comes with premium hardware like an all-new liquid cooling system, a 4,860 mAh battery, and a large camera module on the rear panel which houses a 50.3 MP camera, a 48 MP periscope telephoto lens, and a 48 MP ultrawide sensor, which Xiaomi collectively brands as a “Leica Professional Optical Lens.”
Given how the 12S Ultra is positioned as a camera powerhouse, it makes sense that Xiaomi chose to put the 8+ Gen 1 into the handset, especially considering its imaging capabilities. According to Qualcomm, the chipset comes with the “Qualcomm ‘Spectra Image Signal Processor,’ which boasts a triple 18-bit ISP, and incorporates over 4,000x more data than the 14-bit ISP, while enabling simultaneous triple capture. Capture extreme dynamic range at up to 3.2 gigapixels per second, plus record over a billion shades of color with 8K HDR video capture.”
ASUS ROG Phone 6
Another fairly-new handset which carries the 8+ Gen 1 is the ASUS ROG Phone 6. It’s an impressive smartphone, which carries over several features and bits of hardware which made the ROG phones stand out from the rest of the competition, especially with a focus on gaming-centric features in terms of performance and design.
Which is why the 8+ Gen 1 is such a perfect fit for the device – with ASUS marketing the ROG Phone 6 as a handset intended for high-octane gaming performance, the new chipset should be more than able to handle whatever apps and games you may throw at it, whether it be first-person shooters like Call of Duty Mobile, or MOBA titles like League of Legends: Wild Rift. Users should expect to have a lag-free, stutter-resistant gaming experience with the 8+ Gen 1 in control.
Other Upcoming Phones
Aside from these two Android handsets, there are a lot more upcoming phones which are expected to carry the upcoming chipset, such as the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 and Z Fold4, which are rumored to be announced sometime later this year, and the upcoming OnePlus 10 Ultra, which might also be called as the OnePlus 10T 5G.
While no official announcements have been made regarding these phones and their respective specs sheet, it’s highly suggested that they will come with the 8+ Gen 1 once they are released.
Given all the fanfare surrounding it, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 has a lot of hype riding on it, especially since a lot of the big names in the smartphone market are placing their bets on its performance, and in the long run it should be interesting to see how it does, once more people get their hands on it.
With that said, not every single chipset from Qualcomm is spot-on, as there have been some series-8 chips in the past which turned out underwhelming. Again, it’s alright to be excited about this one, but of course in the end, it’s user satisfaction that should matter when it comes to the smartphones that we use for our everyday living.
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