Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 unveiled by Qualcomm

Most advanced 5G mobile platform and the world’s first 5G modem-RF solution to reach 10 Gigabit download speeds

Qualcomm has unveiled its latest premium 5G mobile platform, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, equipped with cutting-edge 5G, AI, gaming, camera, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies to transform the next generation of flagship devices.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will be adopted by global OEMs and brands including Black Shark, Honor, iQOO, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, OPPO, Realme, Redmi, SHARP, Sony Corporation, vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE, with commercial devices expected by the end of 2021.

“As the world’s most advanced mobile platform, Snapdragon is synonymous with premium Android experiences and the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 sets the standard for the next generation of flagship mobile devices,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager of mobile, compute, and infrastructure, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

“It delivers connectivity, photography, AI, gaming, sound, and security experiences never before available in a smartphone.”

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Key Features

Connectivity

Equipped with the 4th gen Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System, the new Snapdragon 8 is the most advanced 5G mobile platform and the world’s first 5G modem-RF solution to reach 10 Gigabit download speeds. Snapdragon 8 features the Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 Mobile Connectivity System supporting the fastest Wi-Fi speeds available—up to 3.6 Gbps—over Wi-Fi 6 and 6E to ensure games and apps perform smoothly, even with multiple devices on one network.

Camera

This new premium mobile platform takes smartphone photography beyond pro. Snapdragon Sight™ Technology includes the first commercial 18-bit mobile ISP, capturing over 4000x more camera data than its predecessor for extreme dynamic range, colour, and sharpness at staggering speeds up to 3.2 gigapixels per second.

This is also the first 8K HDR video capture in a mobile platform and it’s capable of capturing in the premium HDR10+ format that’s loaded with over a billion shades of colour.

Video will look even more stunning thanks to the new Bokeh Engine which adds beautiful soft backgrounds to videos; it’s like Portrait Mode for video capture.

Snapdragon 8 also includes a fourth separate ISP, the new Always-On ISP, which allows the camera to run with extremely low power consumption so users can experience always-on face unlocking and locking if your face isn’t present for heightened privacy.

AI

The 7th Gen Qualcomm AI Engine is equipped with the ultra-high performance and efficient Qualcomm Hexagon processor, featuring a 2x faster tensor accelerator and 2x larger shared memory than its predecessor.

Users can capture pro-quality images thanks to intelligently integrated Leica Leitz Look filters—recreating their legendary bokeh effect. The latest AI-based natural language processing from Hugging Face can intelligently serve as your personal assistant by prioritizing and analysing your notifications.

Working with Sonde Health, Qualcomm are using on-device AI to accelerate their models that can analyse a user’s vocal patterns to determine if a user is at risk for health conditions such as asthma, depression, and COVID-19.

Also, a new always-on AI system is powered by the 3rd Gen Qualcomm Sensing Hub with more data streams being processed using lowest power AI.

Gaming

With over 50 Snapdragon Elite Gaming features, Snapdragon 8 delivers ultra-smooth responsiveness, colour-rich HDR scenes at the highest visual quality, and desktop-level capabilities that are mobile-firsts.

The new Qualcomm Adreno GPU provides a 30% boost in graphics rendering capabilities and 25% improvement in power savings compared to the previous generation to unlock a new generation of mobile GPUs. The platform delivers, Adreno Frame Motion Engine to can generate twice as many frames while maintaining the same power consumption.

Another mobile-first feature is Variable Rate Shading Pro to provide a finer grain of control for game developers to further tune game performance. Desktop-level Volumetric rendering brings realism to fog, smoke, and particle effects that have been optimized for mobile by Qualcomm Technologies’ in-house Snapdragon Studios.

Sound

Users can experience a new class of crisp, crystal-clear voice and music with integrated Bluetooth 5.2 and Snapdragon Sound Technology, now featuring Qualcomm aptX™ Lossless Technology for CD-quality lossless wireless audio.

This is the first Snapdragon mobile platform to support all-new LE audio features such as broadcast audio, stereo recording, and voice back-channel for gaming.

Security

Snapdragon 8 features vault-like security to help keep users’ data protected. This is the first Snapdragon platform to feature a dedicated Trust Management Engine to achieve heightened security and provide additional Root of Trust for apps and services.

Snapdragon 8 is also the world’s first mobile platform to feature Android Ready SE—the new standard for digital car keys, drivers’ licenses, and more. 

Additionally, the Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit features support for iSIM, an integrated SIM card so users can easily and securely connect to cellular networks without a SIM card.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Key Specs

Qualcomm® Artificial Intelligence (AI) Engine

AIE GPU: Qualcomm® Adreno™ GPU

Always-on AI: Qualcomm® Sensing Hub

AIE CPU: Qualcomm® Kryo™ CPU

Hexagon Processor: Fused AI Accelerator architecture, Qualcomm® Hexagon™ Vector eXtensions (HVX), Qualcomm® Hexagon™ Scalar Accelerator, Qualcomm® Hexagon™ Tensor Accelerator

CPU

CPU Clock Speed: Up to 3.0 GHz

CPU Cores: Qualcomm® Kryo™ CPU

CPU Architecture: 64-bit

Cellular Modem-RF

Modem Name: Snapdragon™ X65 5G Modem-RF System

Peak Download Speed: 10 Gbps

Cellular Modem-RF Specs: 8 carriers (mmWave), 2×2 MIMO (mmWave), 4×4 MIMO (Sub-6)

Performance Enhancement Technologies: Qualcomm® 5G PowerSave 2.0, Qualcomm® Smart Transmit 2.0 technology, Qualcomm® Wideband Envelope Tracking, Qualcomm® AI-Enhanced Signal Boost

Cellular Technology: 5G mmWave and sub-6 GHz, FDD, 5G NR, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS), SA (standalone), TDD, NSA (non-standalone), sub-6 GHz, HSPA, WCDMA, LTE including CBRS support, TD-SCDMA, CDMA 1x, EV-DO, GSM/EDGE

Multi SIM: Global 5G Multi-SIM

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi/Bluetooth System: Qualcomm® FastConnect™ 6900

Peak Speed: 3.6 Gbps

Standards: 802.11ax, Wi-Fi 6E, 802.11ac, 802.11a/b/g/n

Wi-Fi Spectral Bands: 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, 6 GHz

Peak QAM: 4k QAM

Wi-Fi Features: 4-stream Dual-band simultaneous (DBS), OFDMA (Uplink and Downlink), MU-MIMO (Uplink and Downlink)

MIMO Configuration: 2×2 (2-stream)

Bluetooth

Wi-Fi/Bluetooth System: Qualcomm® FastConnect™ 6900

Bluetooth Specification Version: Bluetooth 5.2

Bluetooth Features: Dual Bluetooth antennas, LE Audio Features, Snapdragon Sound™ technology suite

Location

Satellite Systems Support: Beidou, Galileo, GLONASS, NavIC, GPS, QZSS

Dual Frequency Support: Yes (L1/L5)

Accuracy: Urban pedestrian navigation with sidewalk accuracy

Additional Location Features: Global freeway lane-level vehicle navigation

NFC

Near Field Communications: Supported

USB

USB Version: USB 3.1, USB-C

Camera

Image Signal Processor: Qualcomm Spectra™ image signal processor, Triple 18-bit ISPs, Hardware accelerator for computer vision (CV-ISP)

Triple Camera, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps: Up to 36 MP

Dual Camera, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps: Up to 64+36 MP

Single Camera, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps: Up to 108 MP

Single Camera: Up to 200 MP

Camera Features: Multi-frame Noise Reduction (MFNR), AI-based face detection, auto-focus, and auto-exposure, Locally Motion Compensated Temporal Filtering, Low light photography architecture

Slow Motion Video Capture: 720p @ 960 FPS

Video Capture Formats: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG

Video Capture Features: 4K Video Capture @ 120 FPS, 8K video capture at 30fps, Bokeh Engine for Video Capture, Video super resolution

Video Capture: 8K HDR Video Capture + 64 MP Photo Capture

Video Playback

Codec Support: Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG, H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), VP8, VP9

Video Playback: HDR Playback Codec support for HDR10+, HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision

Display

Max On-Device Display: 4K @ 60 Hz, QHD+ @ 144 Hz

Max External Display: Up to 4K @ 60 Hz

HDR: HDR10+, HDR10

Color Depth: Up to 10-bit

Color Gamut: Rec2020

Audio

Qualcomm® Aqstic™ technology: Qualcomm® Aqstic™ audio codec up to Qualcomm® WCD9385, Qualcomm® Aqstic™ smart speaker amplifier up to Qualcomm® WSA8835

Qualcomm® aptX™ audio playback support: Qualcomm® aptX™ Lossless, Qualcomm® aptX™ Voice, Qualcomm® aptX™ Adaptive

GPU

GPU Name: Qualcomm® Adreno™ GPU

API Support: OpenCL™ 2.0 FP, OpenGL® ES 3.2, Vulkan® 1.1

Charging

Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ Technology Support: Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 5 technology

Security Support

Fingerprint Sensor: Qualcomm® 3D Sonic Sensor, Qualcomm® 3D Sonic Sensor Max

Secure Processing Unit: Biometric Authentication (Fingerprint, Iris, Voice, Face)

Security Features: Platform Security Foundations, Qualcomm® Trusted Execution Environment & Services, Qualcomm® Type-1 Hypervisor, Qualcomm® wireless edge services and Premium security features

Wi-Fi Security: WPA3 Easy Connect, WPA3-Enhanced Open, WPA3-Enterprise, WPA3-Personal

Memory

Memory Speed: 3200 MHz

Memory Type: LPDDR5 

Process

Process Node and Technology: 4 nm

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