In the blink of an eye, nearly half of 2022 has passed.
If we focus on the small circle of mobile phones, we will find that all major manufacturers have completed the KPIs for new phone releases in the first half of the year, and each flagship model has been launched, each focusing on different areas of advantage.
Now that the trend of new machines has passed, it is time for Qualcomm, standing at the top of the technology supply chain, to release some new dry goods. On the evening of May 20, Qualcomm officially released the first-generation Snapdragon 8+ mobile platform (hereinafter referred to as Snapdragon 8+).
The new platform continues to use single-digit names for the series, and consumers get used to the name quickly.
Snapdragon 8+ plays fast and eats less
In terms of parameters, the Snapdragon 8+ continues to use the "1+3+4" octa-core architecture, including one Cortex-X2 3.2GHz main core, three 2.75GHz performance cores and four 2.0GHz cores. Compared with the Snapdragon 8, the energy efficiency core and the core frequency are slightly improved.
The chip manufacturing process is TSMC's 4nm process. After replacing the foundry, Qualcomm said that compared with the Snapdragon 8, the CPU part has a 10% performance improvement, while the power consumption is reduced by 30%, and the GPU part has the same improvement. Performance increases and power consumption decreases.
Perhaps fearing that consumers have doubts, Qualcomm directly showed the transcript of the well-known running game "Genshin Impact" on the Snapdragon 8+ mobile platform.
In a 25-degree environment, with the highest 810P image quality & 60fps, you can continue to play for one hour, which can be regarded as a benchmarking media standard test link.
The final data shows that the Snapdragon 8+ can provide a top-level 60fps picture performance in this state, and there are very few frame drops, and the frame rate trough does not touch the 50fps red line.
When I saw this data, I first thought, whether "Yuan Shen" has become weaker or Snapdragon has become stronger, and then took a look at the test results later, the result is obviously the latter.
Because while achieving such results, the power consumption of the Snapdragon 8+ is 30% lower than that of the Snapdragon 8. The Dragon Master appeared, and it turned out to be Qualcomm himself.
Thanks to TSMC's 4nm platform, the overall battery life of the Snapdragon 8+ has also been improved, with 60 minutes longer game battery life and more than 80 minutes of video playback time.
In addition, the features and specifications of the Snapdragon 8 are not lost on the Snapdragon 8+ platform. Including the Snapdragon X65 5G modem, Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 mobile connectivity system, Snapdragon Sound, Snapdragon Elite Gaming, and more.
The latest Snapdragon Sight technology is also inherited on the Snapdragon 8+ mobile platform, enabling future flagship phones equipped with Snapdragon 8+ to have the ability to shoot 8K HDR video and 64-megapixel photos at the same time.
It can be seen that the new flagship Android phones in the second half of the year will continue to fight in the field of imaging. However, these technologies are also in use on the Snapdragon 8 platform, which means that mobile phone manufacturers do not need to conquer new technologies and can spend more time running in with this generation of Snapdragon imaging technology, especially for brands that use self-developed image chips. More time for debugging.
Thinking of this, I have some more expectations for the flagship new phone in the second half of the year.
The Leica Leitz-style filter integrated on the Snapdragon 8 mobile platform still exists on the Snapdragon 8+, but few manufacturers have announced this feature in the first half of the year, and it may be widely used when it matures.
The strength of the Snapdragon 8 released at the end of last year is obvious to all, but the power consumption level is slightly compromised. Qualcomm knows this, so it abandoned Samsung and continued to invest in TSMC on the new Snapdragon 8+ mobile platform.
Whether it is the official data of Qualcomm or the description of Xiaomi, a close comrade-in-arms of Snapdragon, they all show a picture of "the future is promising", so friends who have plans to change phones in the near future may wish to wait and see, and the party will never lose.
Snapdragon 7, making up for the image shortcomings of mid-range chips
In addition to the Snapdragon 8+ mobile platform, Qualcomm also released the first-generation Snapdragon 7 mobile platform (hereinafter referred to as Snapdragon 7). SoC core.
In terms of other features, the Snapdragon 7 supports some Snapdragon Elite Gaming features, such as the Adreno image motion engine, which doubles the frame rate at nearly the same power consumption, bringing a better gaming experience.
At the same time, the GPU performance is further enhanced, and its graphics rendering speed is increased by more than 20%. The platform also supports immersive QHD+ displays, variable resolution rendering, and anti-whistling for multiplayer games.
When it comes to the most commonly used imaging functions of users, the Snapdragon 7 is not far behind. It uses the 14-bit Qualcomm Spectra three-ISP platform, which can use three cameras to shoot at the same time, or shoot a single photo with a resolution of 200 million pixels. The feature that used to only appear on Android flagship phones is now decentralized to Qualcomm On the mid-range mobile platform, more users can access useful technologies.
The combination of Snapdragon 7 and the seventh-generation Qualcomm AI engine makes the camera smarter, which is reflected in practical applications such as autofocus and portrait blur.
The Snapdragon 7 includes a dedicated trust management engine and is Android Ready SE compliant, the first time this feature has been implemented in this class of chip.
In terms of network, the Snapdragon 7 mobile platform uses the Snapdragon X62 5G modem and the same FastConnect 6900 mobile connection system as the Snapdragon 8. It also has the Snapdragon listening technology, and with the increasingly popular TWS true wireless earphones, consumers can enjoy wireless The cost of lossless music is greatly reduced.
"Dragon Night" not only invited Xiaomi, an old friend, but also OPPO, which will launch the Reno8 series next week. Duan Yaohui, vice president of OPPO, participated in the conference remotely by video and announced that Reno8 Pro will be the first Snapdragon Dragon 7 news.
Outside the mobile phone field, what has Qualcomm done?
The theme of this conference is "Chip Friends, Come and Meet", not only Xiaomi and OPPO, but also Qualcomm's new friends in the automotive and XR fields are present. So in the second half of the conference, Qualcomm talked from mobile phones to other fields.
Qualcomm has been established for more than 30 years, and its research and development capabilities have long been not limited to the field of communications. Wherever the future trend is, Qualcomm will appear. Perhaps it is more accurate to put it another way. Qualcomm's comprehensive layout and wide-spreading network, under the promotion of it, some technologies take the lead and appear first in the public's field of vision. When a new word becomes a hot word, Qualcomm is already an old player among them.
Smart cars, the Metaverse, and even Mars drones, Qualcomm is involved.
Not to mention, it turns out that the Snapdragon cockpit platform has been used in nearly 30 domestic models; the Snapdragon Ride platform has also helped many civilian and commercial models achieve assisted and autonomous driving capabilities. Qualcomm and its partners are sitting in a high-speed car, leading the automation and digitization of more of the world's cars.
At the same time, the Metaverse is also a key investment area of Qualcomm. Most of the VR headsets on the market use the Snapdragon XR2 chip. Therefore, Qualcomm has a lot of development experience and R&D achievements. At the other end of the Metaverse track, It seems that the AR field has not yet emerged enough to be called a benchmark.
Therefore, Qualcomm released the wireless AR smart glasses reference design based on the Snapdragon XR2 platform for developers at this conference, combined with the Snapdragon Spaces developer platform, in order to help partners incubate AR products with better experience.
"Dragon Night" spent half the time telling the story of Snapdragon other than mobile phones. There are subjective or objective factors behind it, but in any case, this event let more people know the other side of Snapdragon: Qualcomm's innovative pace never stopped.
At the same time, the launch of Snapdragon 8+ and Snapdragon 7 mobile platforms also made the mobile phone market in the second half of the year full of variables.
The world of consumer electronics has become interesting again.
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