On November 30, Qualcomm will be revealing its 2022 flagship contender. The new chipset will carry Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. It’s a major name change over the identity established after all those years. Honestly, I still don’t know if I prefer this over Snapdragon 898, but whatever. The new chipset will bring major performance improvements and also will be more efficient thanks to the 4 nm manufacturing process from Samsung. According to the leakster, Digital Chat Station, there will also be other aspects in this SoC that will impress Android OEMs and customers. Apparently, the new chipset will be capable of handling 150 W fast-charging straight out of the box. However, this may not benefit the first smartphones coming with it.
According to the very reliable Chinese tipster, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will have support for the 150W fast-charging standard. However, the first units of the chip will not come with support for this. The reason is unclear, but we assume that it will directly affect the likes of the Xiaomi 12 and Motorola Edge 30 Ultra. Of course, this won’t be a major problem for Xiaomi.
After all, the company already has its own 120 W charging technology and that is pretty much satisfactory for most of the customers. Motorola, on the other hand, won’t be breaking big barriers. Its upcoming flagship will launch with 68 W fast-charging. That’s still is a major step up for Motorola, anyway. Of course, Lenovo (the big company behind the Motorola brand) can still offer more than that, but it still does not find the need for it on Motorola just yet.
The first Snapdragon 8 Gen 1-powered smartphones will miss 150W charging
According to Digital Chat Station, Qualcomm will provide support for speeds up to 150W in the second batch of chips that will get shipper in late 2021. So it will power devices, launched in the first quarter of 2022. This technology can reportedly charge batteries in just 10 minutes. Of course, it depends on the capacity, but we can assume that this stands for 4,500 mAh – 5,000 mAh, which is pretty much what current flagship smartphones are offering nowadays.
Qualcomm currently users its Quick Charge 5 standard. It enables charging speeds that get from 0 to 50 percent in 5 minutes through a so-called “Dual Charge” technology. It incorporated 12 separate voltage, current, and temperature protection to ensure flawless performance. We expect the new standard to get a new version with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in order to provide these 150 W charging speeds.
Curiously, Samsung is said to stick with 25 W fast charging for its upcoming Galaxy S22 series flagships. And that will be astonishingly behind the 2022 flagships. There is still hope for the Snapdragon variants, anyway.