I have to admit that when I first heard about the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, I didn’t entirely get it. Qualcomm will release a new, super-powerful processor for Android phones by the end of 2022, which will be an incremental improvement above the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 found in the OnePlus 10 Pro, Xiaomi 12, and the Samsung Galaxy S22 series, all of which went on sale in the United States.
We understand if your eyes drifted over as soon as you began reading the headline features, which include 10 percent higher CPU performance, 10 percent faster GPU clock rates, and 20 percent greater AI power efficiency. In other words, it’s an incremental enhancement, not a game-changing new smartphone feature.
No one cares – even die-hard Android enthusiasts like myself would concede that the iPhone 14 will likely outperform any of its Android contemporaries when it comes to raw power. Apple’s Bionic CPUs are always quicker than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon competitors.
I was reminded, though, when I dug more into the specifications of the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, that power isn’t the only thing that matters.
The chips have been stuffed to the gills
You can play games and edit films without lag or stuttering thanks to the processing power of the chipset, but that is not all they do.
Let’s have a look at the camera support on the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 for instance. A 108MP camera may be used with no shutter latency, or three 36MP cameras can be used concurrently with no shutter lag. Additionally, you may record 8K HDR video, 10-bit photographs and movies, or take use of several unique technologies like as noise reduction and AI face identification, among others.
Furthermore, the chip can run a QHD+ resolution display with a refresh rate of 144Hz at the same time, a feat that would be impossible on a less powerful processor.
So, although the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 may not be as powerful as Apple’s next CPU, it more than makes up for it in terms of functionality.
The issue with iOS 14
A 108-megapixel camera or QHD+ 144Hz screen on the iPhone 14 would be quite a surprise to me, given Apple doesn’t like to go for showy specifications like that. In fact, there are reports that it will not get a new chipset this year at all (although the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max apparently will).
That’s not enough even if it or its Pro brother are among the most powerful smartphones on the market. In reality, having a lot of authority doesn’t matter all that much.
Top-end games like Call of Duty Mobile and PUBG New State run so well even on mid-range phones that you don’t need a powerful one to enjoy them. I’d even suggest a mid-powered phone for some of these games since they don’t overheat as rapidly.
There is no need for smartphones to be very powerful. As a result, the enormous computing power of iPhones has been largely wasted.
What could possibly be thrown away? Having a QHD+ 144Hz screen would look fantastic, and it would really make a noticeable difference in gameplay. Having the ability to capture 108MP photos without your phone stuttering would also be nice, so you can shoot a lot of high-resolution photos in a short period of time and then edit them later on.
When it comes to smartphones, even if Apple’s iPhone 14 has the most powerful CPU in the whole globe, it won’t be able to compete with Android devices that are released at the same time.
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