The new Snapdragon high-end processor has been introduced, and the mid-range has also been updated

We also received the Qualcomm Snadpragon 8+ Gen 1 and 7 Gen 1 chips for mid-range mobiles, as well as a new AR goggles.

When it comes to chips that drive cheaper android mobiles, the presence of China’s MediaTek has grown a lot in recent years, but for devices over $ 300, U.S. Qualcomm’s resources continue to dominate the market, with CounterPoint Research based on the latest data 63-72%.

Thus, an important development is that the company recently introduced two new chips in the form of Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processors for flagships and Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 processors for mid-range devices.

The 8+ Gen 1 is an update to the 8 Gen 1 launched last fall, which has already been proven in beasts like the Samsung Galaxy S22 or Xiaomi 12 series. With its wrinkled stitching, Qualcomm promises 30% more CPU and 10% better GPU performance, and the chip’s 7th-generation Qualcomm AI Engine delivers up to 20% better performance per watt.

In practice, all this means +60 minutes of playing time, +80 minutes of video streaming, +5.5 hours of conversation, +50 minutes of social media browsing, and +17 hours of music playback, at least if we can believe the official data, which is probably more up-distorting. The 8+ Gen 1 is still made with a 4nm process, but its manufacturer is not Samsung but the market-leading TSMC. According to Qualcomm, the first devices powered by Asus ROG, Honor, Lenovo, Motorola, Oppo, Xiaom and more will run in the second quarter.

The Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 will be the successor to the Snapdragon 778G, which uses the previous generation naming pattern, and will be the engine for high-end mobile phones. Qualcomm talks about 20% faster graphics rendering here, as well as support for 200-megapixel cameras and dedicated Trust Management Engine and Android Ready SE support for digital IDs and car keys. The 4nm chip (the predecessor was still made at 6nm) will be manufactured by Samsung, but in the second quarter we will see it in the Honor, Oppo and Xiaomi models.

Finally, Qualcomm also unveiled a reference design for smart glasses for augmented reality (AR). The Wireless AR Smart Viewer XR2 a Snapdragon  XR2 5G chip brings life, allowing glasses to now share the load with a mobile phone over a wireless connection with a delay time of less than 3 milliseconds.

Compared to the previous generation, which still requires a wired connection, the new design promises a 40% thinner balance with a weight of 115 grams. The glasses operate with a 39-degree field of view, and the dual-micro OLED lenses manufactured by SeeYA have a resolution of 1920×1080 per eye. The device also houses two monochrome and an RGB camera that allow 6DoF (6 Degrees of freedom) head and hand tracking with gesture recognition. The Smart Viewer XR2 also features a 650 mAh battery with Bluetooth 5.3 and Wi-Fi 6 / 6E wireless connectivity.

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