There is no shortage of rumors on the web about the upcoming new top-end chip from Qualcomm – Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus. A network insider said that the new chip could be presented as early as May. The chipmaker is in a hurry with the release of the processor, which should be a kind of work on the bugs in terms of energy efficiency and it should be colder than its predecessor.
The same source says that along with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus, the company will introduce the latest Snapdragon 7 series chip. Presumably, this will be the successor to the Snapdragon 778G. It should be more powerful than all other platforms in this line. The cores inside the processor will be grouped into three clusters “super-performing core + large cores + small core”. It can be assumed that we are talking about the “1 + 3 + 4” scheme.
The new processor should clearly compete with the Dimensity 8000/8100; and it will be interesting to see who will emerge victorious in this battle in the end. True, the results of the confrontation will have to wait, because the first devices with a new chip from the Snapdragon 7 series will be available in the second half of this year.
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According to the results of the 4th quarter of 2021, MediaTek surpassed Qualcomm; and other developers of mobile processors in the US Android smartphone market. Also, according to The Verge resource, citing data from the analytical company IDC; the share of devices based on MediaTek platforms in the US was 48.1%, while Qualcomm took only 43.9%.
According to IDC analysts, MediaTek was able to pull ahead due to the successful sales of Samsung Galaxy A12, Galaxy A32 and Moto G Pure smartphones – they accounted for 51% of devices based on the Taiwanese developer’s platform in the fourth quarter of last year and 24% of the entire Android smartphone market in the United States. Journalists from The Verge, however, noted that the data of the analytical company Counterpoint Research diverges from the information of IDC: 55% for Qualcomm and 37% for MediaTek.
One way or another, the Taiwanese developer of mobile processors is now actively conquering the market, including the American one. While Qualcomm remains the undisputed leader in flagship device chips; MediaTek is already showing a more tangible presence in the entry and mid-range smartphone segments. However, the Asian company is no longer going to ignore advanced models either: according to its own statements; the flagship Dimensity 9000 processor already demonstrates higher performance than Snapdragon 888; and just the day before, sub-flagship solutions in the form of Dimensity 8100 and 8000 chips joined it. They were complemented by the 5G-compatible Dimensity 1300 platform with built-in AI accelerator. The trio of mobile processors will debut on new smartphones before the end of the first quarter; and will provide additional growth in MediaTek’s share in many markets, including the US.