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Qualcomm’s first-generation ‘Snapdragon 8’ that has completely changed… 3 beats of speed, GPU, and power

[하와이(미국)=권봉석 기자] Qualcomm officially unveiled the first generation of ‘Snapdragon 8’, a next-generation application processor (AP) for smartphones, at the ‘Snapdragon Tech Summit 2021’ event held at the Fairmont Orchid Hotel in Hawaii on the 30th (local time).

The Snapdragon 8 1st Generation uses the 4th Generation Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System to enable downloads up to 10Gbps when connected to 5G. In addition, up to 3.6 Gbps download is possible when connecting to Wi-Fi 6 and 6E through the FastConnect 6900 mobile connectivity system.

Snapdragon 8 first-generation mobile platform. (Photo = Qualcomm)

Snapdragon Sight technology uses an 18-bit ISP (image processing processor) to process dynamic range, color and sharpness at up to 3.2 gigapixels per second. 8K HDR video recording with premium HDR10+ technology is possible, and facial recognition unlocking is performed at ultra-low power using an always-on ISP that reduces power consumption.

Compared to the Snapdragon 888, the Adreno GPU improves graphics rendering by 30% and consumes 25% less power. The Adreno FRAME Motion Engine can generate twice as many frames at the same power.

The 7th generation AI engine is based on a Qualcomm Hexagon processor and processes Leica Lights look when taking photos, AI natural language processing, etc. Tensor accelerator performance is up to 2x and shared memory capacity is also doubled.

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A prototype of a smartphone equipped with the Snapdragon 8 1st generation. (Photo=GDNet Korea)

“Snapdragon 8 1st Generation brings unprecedented connectivity, photography, AI, gaming, sound and security features to a smartphone,” said Alex Katuzian, senior vice president and general manager, mobile, computing and infrastructure, Qualcomm Technologies.

Major smartphone manufacturers around the world, such as OnePlus, Xiaomi, Sharp, Sony, and Motorola, are also planning to release smartphones equipped with the Snapdragon 8 1st generation to the market by the end of this year.

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