Now that the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 is officially here, it’s time to compare it to Qualcomm’s previous flagship SoC smartphone, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, and see what level of improvements have been made.
The change in provider made all the difference in productivity, energy efficiency and AI
It has been rumored that Qualcomm will transfer the foundries from Samsung to TSMC, as it is reported that the latter’s 4nm is excellent in every way. This seems to be the case because not only is the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 faster on its fastest core, but even those designed for energy efficiency get an increase in clock speed. This shows that the transition to a better production process has many advantages.
In our previous comparison, where we pitted the Snapdragon 888 Plus against the Snapdragon 888, the only change Qualcomm made to the faster SoC was to increase the Cortex-X1’s clock speed to 2.995 GHz, while the Snaxdragon 888’s Cortex-X1 ran. at 2.84 GHz. With the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 you get clock improvements from both the CPU and the GPU. See the breakdown below for more information.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 – One Cortex-X2 running at 3.00GHz, three Cortex-A710 cores running at 2.50GHz, and four Cortex-A510 cores running at 1.80GHz.
Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 – One Cortex-X2 running at 3.20GHz, three Cortex-A710 cores running at 2.80GHz, and four Cortex-A510 cores running at 2.00GHz.
As you can see, all the cores running in Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 have received a frequency, which indicates that TSMC’s 4nm node is the one that changes the game. As for the Adreno 730 graphics processor, it is said to run at 10 percent faster than the same graphics processor running the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, although the exact value was not disclosed by Qualcomm.
Overall, the San Diego chipmaker says the new SoC brings a 10% improvement in CPU and GPU performance. Fortunately, this performance improvement does not come with flaws in the efficiency department, as Qualcomm claims to have a 15% reduction in SoC power consumption in “practical use” models compared to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. In addition, there are 30% improvement in CPU and GPU energy efficiency.
There is a 20 percent improvement for AI “watt performance”, although we will see how this becomes a real use. Qualcomm has provided some statistics on what changes in battery life users would experience in real-world scenarios. For example, you can experience 15 percent less power consumption for “almost 1 hour” of play, along with a 50-minute increase in social media browsing.
Of course, we will have to see how true these statements are, but in a separate report.
Has Qualcomm given new features to the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1?
Unfortunately, the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 doesn’t get any extras to help it stand out from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Qualcomm mentioned that the new SoC will co-exist with the less powerful silicon, which means the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 they will probably be sold at a premium to many of the company’s partners. These phone makers are likely to pay this premium because Qualcomm has moved to a 4nm TSMC process for the final launch, even if it means having to increase the price of future Android flagships.
The first wave of flagship Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 is expected in the third quarter of this year, so we’ll see if there are any remarkable improvements. It is also worth mentioning that given the disappointing performance and energy efficiency of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 as a result of mass production of Samsung’s 4nm architecture, Qualcomm is likely to stick to TSMC for the upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, although not confirmed if the same 4nm node or advanced process will be used.
In short, the changes in Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 compared to Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 are extensive compared to previous iterations, and we certainly hope that these improvements are reflected in real results.
Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 vs. Snapdragon 8 Gen 1: All CPU, GPU Speed Differences, Performance & Power Efficiency Changes You Should Know