Android phones set for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon upgrade


Qualcomm has revealed that its Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset will be available in Android phones within a month.

The company disclosed this during the unveiling of its newest 5G chipset at its Snapdragon Tech Summit 2021 in Hawaii.

Honor, Motorola, Vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE are among the smartphone makers set to include Qualcomm’s latest chip in upcoming 5G devices, the vendor stated.

Qualcomm claimed Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 can deliver download speeds of 10Gb/s on 5G and 3.6Gb/s on Wi-Fi 6. It incorporates the company’s fourth generation X65 5G modem-RF system.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is being promoted as a foundation for storage of digital currency, identity cards and car keys, with the chip the first in the range to feature a dedicated trust management engine.

The chip’s secure processing unit offers an integrated SIM.

Qualcomm explained the chip can capture 4,000-times more camera data than its predecessor through the first commercial 18-bit mobile image signal processor.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 incorporates Qualcomm’s seventh generation AI engine, with natural language processing capable of prioritising and analysing notifications for smartphone users.

The chipset offers a 30 per cent increase in graphics rendering capability without increased power, Qualcomm stated, claiming the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 can bring “desktop-level gaming experiences” to mobile.


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