Join us on Telegram | Early Samsung Black Friday deals, check them out right now!

SamMobile has affiliate and sponsored partnerships. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Next flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon chip for Samsung Galaxy phones announced


Last updated: December 1st, 2021 at 09:26 UTC+01:00

Qualcomm has finally unveiled its latest flagship smartphone chipset, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Yes, the company is changing the naming structure for its processors. This chipset is expected to power the Galaxy S22 series in various markets, including Africa, Asia, and the US. It competes with MediaTek’s recently announced Dimensity 900 processor and Samsung’s upcoming Exynos 2200 chipset.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is built on Samsung Foundry’s 4nm process node

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is built using Samsung Foundry’s 4nm process and uses ARM’s V9 cores. The chipset has one Cortex-X2 CPU core clocked at 3GHz, three Cortex-A710 CPU cores clocked at 2.5GHz, and four Cortex-A510 CPU cores clocked at 1.8GHz. The company is promising 20% faster CPU performance or 30% improved power efficiency. This new chip has 6MB L3 cache memory, which is 50% higher than the Snapdragon 888’s 4MB L3 cache.

Graphics processing is handled by Qualcomm’s next-gen Adreno GPU that promises 30% faster performance or 25% power savings compared to the Snapdragon 888. This new GPU also features 60% faster graphics performance in apps or games that use Vulkan APIs. It also features VRS (Variable Rate Shading), volumetric rendering, and high-refresh-rate HDR gaming. The chipset is compatible with 3200MHz LPDDR5 quad-channel RAM (51.2Gb/s memory bandwidth) and UFS 3.1 storage.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Features

The Triple 18-bit Spectra ISP (Image Signal Processor) inside the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 can handle three 36MP cameras simultaneously with zero shutter lag. It is also compatible with up to 200MP camera sensors, complete with zero shutter lag. The ISP can also support 8K 30fps and 4K 120fps video recording with 10-bit HDR. Infinite 720p slow-motion video recording at 960fps is supported as well. The processor also supports HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and HLG video playback.

Qualcomm usually leads the industry when it comes to connectivity, and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is no different. The chipset’s integrated X65 5G modem supports up to 10Gb/s download speeds and 3Gb/s upload speeds on mmWave networks. The modem supports both mmWave and sub-6GHz SA (Standalone) and NSA (Non-Standalone) networks. Other connections supported by the chipset include multi-frequency GPS, Wi-Fi 6E, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, and USB Type-C 3.2.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Adreno GPU

The 7th Gen AI engine inside the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 promises to offer 70% faster AI performance, higher shared memory, and higher power efficiency while performing AI tasks such as audio and image recognition. It is also the first Android Ready SE-compatible chipset. It provides high data security levels to provide better support for standardized digital car keys, digital driver licenses, and other documents.

Samsung’s 2022 high-end smartphones could use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor

The Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, and the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which will be launched in February 2022, are expected to use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Samsung’s next-generation foldable smartphones that will be released in the second half of 2022 could use this chipset as well, at least going by the company’s track record.

It will be interesting to see how the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 competes with the Exynos 2200, which is expected to use the same ARM V9 CPU cores. The upcoming Exynos flagship will also use an AMD Radeon Mobile GPU based on the RDNA2 architecture and will support VRS and raytracing as well. Moreover, the Exynos 2200 is also expected to be manufactured using Samsung’s own 4nm process. With so many things in common, their performance comparison will be interesting to see.

Join SamMobile’s Telegram group and subscribe to our YouTube channel to get instant news updates and in-depth reviews of Samsung devices. You can also subscribe to get updates from us on Google News and follow us on Twitter.

Phone 4nmGalaxy S22Galaxy S22 PlusGalaxy S22 UltraQualcommSamsung Foundry
Load 2 comments

You might also like

Samsung working with American firm to improve semiconductor chip manufacturing yield

Samsung has struggled over the past few years with chip manufacturing. Its technology hasn’t been as good as TSMC’s. The Snapdragon 888 and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which Samsung Foundry made, had overheating issues. As a result, the company lost the contract to manufacture Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, and Nvidia […]

  • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
  • 16 hours ago

Bixby Voice now supports Latin American Spanish on select Galaxy phones

Samsung’s AI-based voice assistant, Bixby, has just gotten smarter. The company announced today that Bixby Voice gained support for Latin American Spanish. Through today’s update, the voice assistant has become more useful than ever, particularly for customers in the United States, considering that the USA is the second-largest Spanish-speaking country. Add to that the fact […]

  • By Mihai Matei
  • 1 day ago

Adobe apps will perform better on laptops, smartphones with Qualcomm chips

Besides announcing the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, Qualcomm unveiled various other products and partnerships during the Snapdragon Technology Summit 2022 event. The company also revealed two new audio chips, a chipset for AR glasses, and new branding (Oryon) for its desktop-grade processors. During the event, the company also revealed that it has collaborated with […]

  • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
  • 2 days ago

Carrier-locked Galaxy S22 units in the US get updated to November 2022 security patch

Earlier this month, Samsung released the stable Android 13 update to the Galaxy S22 series in the US. However, it did not bring the latest security patch to the smartphones in the series. Now, the company has started rolling out the November 2022 security patch to its current flagship Galaxy S phones in the US. […]

  • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
  • 2 days ago

European Galaxy S23 is powered by Snapdragon SoC, benchmark confirms!

Qualcomm officially unveiled the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset earlier today. After the announcement, the upcoming Galaxy S23 Ultra popped up in the online benchmark Geekbench again. More specifically, the European Galaxy S23 Ultra variant carrying model number SM-S918B showed up in the benchmark browser, complementing the US variant that was spotted in Geekbench last […]

  • By Mihai Matei
  • 2 days ago

Experiencing performance degradation in One UI 5.0? This might fix it

One UI 5.0 on the Galaxy S22 is a real treat. The latest firmware update made the 2022 flagship feel snappier than ever — even the Exynos models — and the few additions One UI 5.0 has brought to the experience are all quite meaningful. Samsung’s new update is fantastic, but your mileage might vary. […]

  • By Mihai Matei
  • 2 days ago