The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset is now available, and if you’re looking to upgrade your top-tier Android phone next year, this is likely to be the chipset you’ll be using.
There are six key features to be aware of, and they will give you an idea of what to expect from upcoming flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S22, OnePlus 10, Xiaomi 12, and others.
Always-on camera could introduce significant new features
The new chipset will enable your smartphone’s camera to be turned on at all times. Don’t worry; it’s not designed to take selfies all the time; instead, it’s designed to allow for other functions.
It will enable you to unlock your phone without having to touch it. Consider how you might be cooking with your hands covered in ingredients; this will allow you to unlock your phone without getting anything on it.
Some people have expressed concerns about the feature’s security, and you might be one of them. Qualcomm claims that it is doing so in a secure manner to ensure that no one can access data from your phone’s cameras, but it will be interesting to see how people use the feature.
Multiple camera upgrades
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is focused on its camera upgrade, with an 18-bit image signal processor (ISP), better night mode photography, better wide-angle shots, stronger facial recognition technology, and 8K HDR video recording.
While the always-on feature is the focus of this update, there are a slew of other minor tweaks that will improve the overall experience on your next phone’s camera.
Background noise will be cut out during calls
If you’re on a video call, this new technology will try to filter out background noises like sirens or typing using artificial intelligence.
It could change how you’re recorded on calls and how your colleagues, friends, and family hear you if it works as well as the demos suggest.
You can connect to 10Gbps internet
Last year’s Snapdragon 888 was limited to 7.5Gbps, which was still incredibly fast. It’s nearly impossible to achieve these speeds on a daily basis, but knowing that your 2022 flagship phone will be capable of them in the future is useful.
The bokeh effect is when you blur the background of a subject, and it’s very common in portrait modes on Android devices. There is no bokeh effect in video recording until now.
Apple’s Cinematic Mode feature debuted on the iPhone 13 series, and it’ll now be available on Android phones thanks to this new chipset. It can also record in 4K resolution.
Faster than ever
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is the company’s fastest chipset, which means your smartphone will load apps, play games, and handle anything else you throw at it faster.
According to Qualcomm, the CPU here is 20% faster than the Snapdragon 888, and it also saves 30% power over the Snapdragon 888’s results. The Adreno GPU is now 30% faster, allowing games to load and look better than ever before.