Snapdragon 8 Gen 1: For the Premium Experience

By Haitomns G

888 to 8 Gen 1, let’s see what the new naming schema of Snapdragon SOCs (System on Chip) done by Qualcomm or Snapdragon (As they are now two separate brands) looks interesting and more leaning toward the Desktop Processors like the naming of INTEL processors. Leaving that aside, Qualcomm is known for setting the benchmark, and with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 that seems true once again.

Snapdragon is known for the premium experience that it delivers with its processors, the best in the whole industry. Snapdragon SOCs are always engineered with the latest technology to present in the market.

AI, Connective, Photography, and Gaming are the areas where the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 has mostly been improved from its predecessor SD 888.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Source: Qualcomm


The 7th Gen Qualcomm AI engine is 4x faster than its predecessor. This AI engine has been created to capture the legendary bokeh in the images a mode that Snapdragon calls Leica’s Leitz Look Mode. It also focuses on natural language processing like hugging faces and more. It has been fabricated with 2x larger shared memory plus a 2x tensor accelerator for the best performance per watt.


5G with the 4th Gen Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System is reaching the speeds of 10 Gigabit with is Worlds first technology introduced by Snapdragon. Support for more network, frequencies, and bandwidth globally plus support for all-day battery life. Downloading content can be done in seconds and streaming games will be smooth like never before. It also has the world’s first 5G uplink carrier aggregation for better upload speeds.

Qualcomm® FastConnect™ 6900 Mobile offers the fastest Wi-Fi 6 and 6E speeds up to 3.6 Gbps. Snapdragon Sound with Qualcomm® aptX™ Lossless Technology for CD-quality lossless wireless audio.


Snapdragon has introduced new technology in the field of photography called Snapdragon Sight. The first-ever 18-bit ISP (Image Signal Processing) can capture pictures and videos in an extreme dynamic range with vivid color and clarity. First time in Mobile we are able to record 8K HDR video with a great number of details and over a billion shades. For low-light photography, 30 images are clicked and merged into one bright picture to get the best out of all.


There is a lot in gaming too, Snapdragon Elite Gaming Features with Qualcomm Adreno GPU offer 30% faster graphics rendering and increase power efficiency by 25%. For immersive and console-quality sound in games, there is Audiokinetic technology that offers the best.

All the flagships of the year 2022 will come with the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is expected to come in phones like Galaxy S22, Xiaomi 12, OnePlus 10, OPPO Find X5, and Vivo X80 in 2022. Here’s the full list of manufacturers using the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1:

SDG1 has got a score of 1016424 in AnTuTu 9. This score is the highest of all the processors produced by Qualcomm.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Source: Qualcomm

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Specifications

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 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/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)


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


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


Near Field Communications: Supported


USB Version: USB 3.1, USB-C


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


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


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 Name: Qualcomm® Adreno™ GPU

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


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 Speed: 3200 MHz

Memory Type: LPDDR5 


Process Node and Technology: 4 nm

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Source: Qualcomm

What exactly has changed since the separation of Qualcomm and Snapdragon?

  • Qualcomm and Snapdragon have been separate brands and will be standalone product brands with specific ties to the Qualcomm brand where necessary.
  • New colors are brought into function.
  • The iconic “fireball” will get now visual assets.
  • New naming structure for the products for making the consumer easier to discover products.
  • Gold will be used to represent the premium-trier products.
  • Badged has been redesigned with a cleaner, modern, and straightforward look.

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Haitomns G. is a desktop, android, and web developer based in Nepal. He has worked on building several websites, apps, and softwares for clients and independent projects. He is experienced in C, C++, C#, Java, Python, SQL, HTML, CSS, PHP, and JavaScript.

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