Why do mainstream gaming phones only use the Snapdragon platform?

The author of this article, Liu Mingpeng, is reprinted from Bubble.com and has been authorized for reprinting.

It is easy to find that mainstream gaming phones such as the entire Black Shark series, the entire Red Devil series, the entire ROG series, and the Redmi K50 e-sports version all use the Snapdragon platform. What is so special about the Snapdragon platform? Why do game phone manufacturers choose the Snapdragon platform? Let's discuss it together through the article.

The gaming experience is not alone

When it comes to gaming performance, the hardware performance of the platform is of course important, but it is only the basis of the gaming experience. In order to create a more perfect comprehensive gaming experience, the performance of the mobile phone hardware, the performance of a series of core elements such as picture quality, audio, and network connection also play a decisive role, which will directly affect our experience in the game, which is closely related to the final experience. indivisible.

Therefore, in order to bring a better gaming experience to players, the mobile platform needs to take into account the actual experience of each core link. The Snapdragon platform has accumulated a lot of technology and cooperation over the years, giving it an exclusive advantage and the ability to bring a more comprehensive and extreme gaming experience.

Combination of software and hardware to maximize potential

Let's take the new generation of Snapdragon 8 mobile platform as an example to see what special advantages the Snapdragon platform has, which can gain the favor of many game phone manufacturers.

First of all, in terms of the most basic performance, the Snapdragon 8 is based on the latest ARM V9 architecture. The CPU part is 1 Cortex-X2 (3GHz) core + 3 Cortex-A710 (2.5GHz) cores + 4 Cortex-A510 (1.8GHz) The core combination uses a new generation of GPU Adreno 730, which is an advanced 4nm process technology. This is a very advanced specification configuration at present. The CPU and GPU performance are 20% and 30% higher than the previous generation respectively, and the power consumption is reduced by 30% and 25% respectively.

We can feel the powerful hardware performance of the Snapdragon 8 from the theoretical performance scores, and the AnTuTu comprehensive score can easily reach 1 million+. In terms of hardware performance alone, Snapdragon 8 is also the level of the first echelon in the industry, but its killer is far more than that.

While upgrading the hardware performance, the Snapdragon 8 also gives full play to the hardware performance through many technologies. The Snapdragon platform has long launched a comprehensive Snapdragon Elite Gaming technology portfolio, including various optimizations for games and innovative end-game-level gaming features. Snapdragon Elite Gaming has been updated to the 4th generation on Snapdragon 8. Snapdragon 8 supports 50+ Snapdragon Elite Gaming features. Through comprehensive optimization of audio, display, operation, picture quality, frame rate, etc., to achieve performance and experience double breakthrough.

For example, the Snapdragon 8 supports the Adreno image motion engine feature, and uses historical frame data and GPU to optimize motion estimation, bringing twice the number of game screen frames under the premise of close to the same power consumption. At the same time, the Snapdragon 8 has carried out a number of optimizations for the Vulkan graphics driver, and the mobile game performance has been improved by up to 60%. These are all through the combination of software and hardware to fully release the hardware performance and give players a smoother gaming experience.

In terms of GPU performance, Snapdragon 8 also supports custom key GPU parameters. Players can download the updateable Adreno GPU driver and manually adjust the GPU settings according to their personal preferences and actual needs to bring better game performance.

▲ Red Magic 7 Pro "Genshin Impact" frame rate test results

According to our actual test, the Red Magic 7 Pro gaming phone equipped with Snapdragon 8 plays "Genshin Impact" at the highest picture quality + 60 frame rate setting, and the average number of frames in the 30-minute game is 59.9 frames, achieving continuous high-performance release. This kind of high-load game can also bring very smooth picture effects.

Snapdragon 8 also brings an advanced version of VRS Pro variable resolution rendering, which can provide game developers with finer rendering granularity control, rationally allocate GPU performance resources, and achieve performance improvement and power consumption reduction while ensuring a clear picture. .

For example, in the game "Heavenly Mandate", based on VRS Pro technology, developers can perform intelligent partition rendering according to specific characters and special effects, which can reduce power consumption while ensuring the clarity of the battle screen and improving the overall experience of players. This technology also brings more room for developers to play, reduces performance and power consumption constraints, and brings more exciting game pictures, which is also a part of ecological cooperation.

In addition to the smoothness of the picture, the Snapdragon 8 is also committed to improving the quality of the game picture. The end-game-level stereo rendering technology on the Snapdragon 8 is specially optimized for mobile platforms, making the smoke, fog and particle effects that often appear in games more realistic, and players can experience more realistic and delicate game images.

Operation is also a core indicator to measure the game experience. Game phones create a better operating experience for players by increasing the screen touch sampling rate and adding physical shoulder buttons and other physical upgrades. Snapdragon 8 is also optimized for touch operation. With the blessing of Qualcomm Game Quick Touch technology, the touch delay is optimized in milliseconds. Even when playing a 120-frame game, this technology can shorten the touch response time to a certain extent, allowing players to get a more timely follow-up experience for every operation.

From the smoothness of the picture to the quality of the picture, the Snapdragon 8 has an all-round improvement in the game part. From the player's point of view, it solves the pain points in the game process and improves the overall game performance. These are not achieved by simple hardware stacking, but require a complete set of system blessings, which is also a core advantage of the Snapdragon platform in games.

Snapdragon Listening Technology Creates Immersive Audio Experience

The role of audio in the game should not be underestimated, and the Snapdragon 8 also has a new upgrade in the audio part. The Snapdragon 8 integrates Bluetooth 5.2 and Snapdragon Sound, combined with Qualcomm aptX Lossless audio technology, to achieve up to 16-bit 44.1kHz CD high-quality wireless audio streaming. Players can also enjoy high-quality sound effects when playing games with wireless headphones, further enhancing the immersion of the game.

It is worth mentioning that Snapdragon 8 supports low-latency game mode, which can reduce latency, reduce the delay between the phone and the headset, and minimize the impact of delay on audio.

Low-latency audio can ensure high synchronization of audio and video, reduce the sense of fragmentation during the game, and at the same time allow players to obtain more useful information without missing fighters due to excessive sound delay in the process of listening to sound and identifying positions. . In addition, Snapdragon 8 also supports the new LE Audio feature, bringing a more stable and power-saving audio experience.

High-speed and low-latency network, the "best" partner for online games

When playing online games with a mobile phone, if there is an operation delay or freeze due to network fluctuations, it will also seriously affect the game experience. In order to obtain a better mobile online gaming experience, stable and low-latency network support is required. In terms of network, the Snapdragon 8 also has a leading edge.

The Snapdragon 8 integrates the 4th generation Snapdragon X65 5G modem and RF system, adds support for the latest 3GPP Release 16 specification, and supports millimeter wave and Sub-6GHz hybrid carrier aggregation, which can reach 10Gbps download speeds. At the same time, it supports dynamic spectrum sharing, and supports 5G NSA and SA-A two networking modes, bringing more stable, high-speed, low-latency 5G network connections.

Snapdragon 8 supports Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 mobile connection system, supports Wi-Fi speed up to 3.6Gbps through Wi-Fi 6/6E, and can enhance the connection experience of game scenes through advanced Qualcomm 4K QAM modulation technology.

Whether it is a 5G or WiFi network, the Snapdragon 8 is supported by leading technologies, providing high-speed, stable, and low-latency network connections. This can ensure the continuous stability of the network connection during the game, and effectively reduce the situation that the game experience is affected by network fluctuations.


The Snapdragon 8 series flagship platform not only has leading hardware performance, but also fully utilizes the hardware potential through technologies such as Snapdragon Elite Gaming to maximize game fluency and picture quality. At the same time, in the game-related network, audio and other parts, the game has been specially optimized to provide players with a full range of excellent game experience.

The Snapdragon platform has accumulated a large number of game-related technologies, and has integrated a complete set of game solutions, and has carried out continuous innovation and optimization, which has become a unique advantage label of the Snapdragon platform. The Snapdragon platform also promotes the development of the game industry through in-depth cooperation with manufacturers, bringing more excitement to players and improving the quality of the game experience.

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