Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 vs 888

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 vs 888: What’s the Difference?

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is the most powerful flagship processor so far from Qualcomm

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Tech Summit took place from November 30th to December 2nd, 2021. In the following event, the chipset manufacturer unveiled its next generation of flagship chipset. The chipset is called Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (Earlier it was expected something else; Snapdragon 898). However, it succeeds the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G chipset.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 was indeed a powerful chipset but it had its own flaws such as heating due to its large primary core. The next generation of flagship chipset by Qualcomm has fixed the flaws, while not being compromising on performance. We have discussed the comparison between the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G chipset and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 vs Snapdragon 888

Power efficiency

Power efficiency was one of the major concerning things about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G chipset. Even though it was built on a 5nm fabrication process, it had some noticeable heating issues while performing any heavy task or playing games. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G chipset was based on Samsung’s 5nm fabrication process, while the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset is based on Samsung’s 4nm fabrication process. So, obviously, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will offer better power efficiency compared to Snapdragon 888.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 diagram
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Block Diagram

CPU

The Snapdragon 888 5G chipset comes with a Cortex X1 primary core clocked at 2.84GHz, three Cortex-A78 cores that peaks at 2.4GHz and four Cortex-A55 low power cores clocked at 1.8GHz. On other hand, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset flaunts the Cortex X2 primary core running at 3.0GHz, three Cortex A710 cores at 2.5GHz, and the remaining four Cortex A510 CPUs at 1.8GHz for power efficiency. So the clock speed of these cores offers a significant upgrade on Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 5G compared with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 claims to have 20% faster CPU performance (or 30% faster CPU power efficiency) compared to the Snapdragon 888.

GPU

All the gaming and graphic related works are carried by GPU in the chipset. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 was powered by Qualcomm Adreno 660 GPU. It was powerful enough to handle heavy games at max frame rates and graphics. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 5G is powered by the next-gen Adreno GPU (730?). Not to mention, but this might be a huge jump in terms of GPU.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 gpu

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 claims to have 30% faster graphics (or 25% better GPU power efficiency) compared to the Snapdragon 888

Specifications Comparison Table

SoC Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Snapdragon 888
CPU 1x 3.0GHz (Cortex-X2)
3x 2.5GHz (Cortex-A710)
4x 1.8GHz (Cortex-A510)
1x 2.84GHz (Cortex-X1)
3x 2.4GHz (Cortex-A78)
4x 1.8GHz (Cortex-A55
GPU Next-gen Adreno GPU (730?) Adreno 660
Process 4nm Samsung Samsung 5nm (5LPE)
ISP Triple 18-bit Spectra ISP Triple 14-bit Spectra 580 ISP
Camera Unit Single 200MP or 108MP with ZSL
OR
64MP+36MP with ZSL
OR
3x 36MP with ZSL
Single 200MP or 84MP with ZSL
OR
64MP+25MP with ZSL
OR
3x 28MP with ZSL
RAM LPDDR5 RAM @ 3,200MHz LPDDR5 RAM @ 3,200MHz
Modem X65 integrated modem(5G NR Sub-6 + mmWave)
DL = 10000 Mbps
UL = 3000 Mbps
X60 integrated modem(5G NR Sub-6 + mmWave)
DL = 7500 Mbps
UL = 3000 Mbps
Video capture 8K @ 30fps (HDR)
4K UHD @ 120fps
720p @ 960fp
8K @ 30fps
4K UHD @ 120fps
720p @ 960fps

Conclusion

The next generation 8 Gen 1 chipset brings an upgrade over the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset. On paper, Qualcomm has significantly upgraded the CPU, GPU and overall efficiency of the chipset. But how it will be able to manage the heavy task? Will it be able to fix the flaws present in Qualcomm Snapdragon 888? We have no words on these yet. A proper long term review can only confirm these and we are preparing the report. Stay tuned.

Thanks for sticking with us all the way end to the post. What do you expect from the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 5G chipset? Do let us know by dropping a comment in your words below. 

About Chandan Pandit

He is a Tech Journalist at Dealntech. He writes on Mobile and Android related news. Keeping the contents as simple as possible with proper information is his goal. He enjoys researching all kinds of tech products, especially fascinating latest mobile phones and gadgets. In his free time, he loves playing mobile games.

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