Qualcomm launches the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 at the annual Snapdragon Tech Summit, giving an early preview of the brains behind the most powerful smartphones of 2022. The successor to last year’s Snapdragon 888, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is the first chipset to bear new naming scheme, ditching the triple-digit numbering system that Qualcomm has previously used for new, generation-based monikers.
Qualcomm promises significant improvements in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, with better performance, camera technology, AI capabilities, security, and 5G. Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is the first chip from Qualcomm to use the latest Armv9 architecture from Arm.
Qualcomm fourth-generation 5G modem builds on the existing mmWave and sub-6GHz compatibility that came before, adding support for up to 10Gbps speeds and the latest 3GPP Release 16 specification. As is always the case, you almost certainly won’t see that kind of speed in the real world. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 supports Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth LE Audio, and the company’s Snapdragon Sound technology for enabling AptX Lossless wireless audio