The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 represents an important step for Qualcomm. It marked the company’s entrance into the 4 nm territory, and also the debut of ARMv9 architecture. Moreover, it was the beginning of a rebranding process for Qualcomm’s chipsets. The company left the old Snapdragon 800 series to start the Snapdragon 8 series that will be split between generations. Now, it’s just a matter of time until the other generations join this new format. Despite the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 excellent performance, the company had to deal with some overheating issues, and apparently, it wasn’t happy with the Samsung manufacture of its 4 nm chips. Earlier this month, Qualcomm already showed its intent of changing to chips supplied by TSMC (Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company). Now, it seems that these chips are finally coming in the form of Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus.
According to an unnamed source that is “familiar with supply chain talks”, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus is due as early as June, or July at the very least. This already shows Qualcomm’s commitment to bringing the new System on Chip to smartphone makers. Apparently, the company’s efforts will be bigger than in previous years. To recall, the Snapdragon 888+ adoption was very low. Maybe, the situation will be different with the upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus. In fact, there are already many rumors about smartphones using the new platform.
The first smartphones coming with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus
The rumor mill suggests a bunch of new SD 8 Gen 1 Plus coming soon. The first devices will be reaching the Chinese market first. One suggestion is an upcoming OnePlus 10 Ultra. It will mark the company’s entrance to the “super flagship” market, but also seems like a revisit to the former strategy of launching two flagships every year. Of course, this is not confirmed at the moment.
Another possible device is the Motorola Frontier or Motorola Edge 30 Ultra. The upcoming device has been floating around the headlines for quite some time. It’s Motorola’s most promising flagship smartphone in years. The leaks already suggest the flagship with the SD 8 Gen 1 Plus. More than that, the leaks have also said it will come with a 200 MP camera.
According to the rumors so far, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will come with slightly higher clock speeds. The device may still bring a 1 + 3 + 4 configuration with Cortex-X2, Cortex-A710, and Cortex-A510 cores. The GPU will still be an Adreno 730 GPU. The company is expected to unveil the new chipset in May.