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Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Mobile Platform: A world of firsts [video]

Nov 30, 2021

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A new era of premium mobile technology deserves a fitting name. At Snapdragon Tech Summit 2021, Qualcomm Technologies introduced our new flagship mobile platform: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Mobile Platform. It features a long list of technological firsts and builds on the power and performance of our Snapdragon 888+ 5G Mobile Platform. The new class of experiences Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 delivers can transform flagship devices with breakthrough 5G speeds, professional-quality cameras, intelligent personal assistants, and elite gaming rigs.

The platform is replete with innovative advances. From our fastest ever AI Engine for mobile to the world’s first 10 Gigabit 5G modem-RF solution; from it being the first mobile platform with an 18-bit ISP to the first one with immersive sound, these mobile breakthroughs not only introduce you to the future, but they also put it in your pocket. At a cultural moment when users are more reliant than ever on the speed, intelligence, and safety of their mobile devices, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 sets a new standard, delivering the premium experiences you deserve.

More AI experiences for more people

Our new mobile platform brings boundless  AI, driving  cutting-edge use cases to more industries and people. Just consider what’s achievable with the fastest AI engine Qualcomm Technologies has ever put into a mobile platform — up to 4x faster than ever before. With natural language processing from Hugging Face, your device can now analyze and intelligently group and prioritize all your notifications. If your boss asks you to review several hundred documents, you can now instantly scan them for general tone and sentiment, allowing for greater efficiency. When you’re snapping pics on your mobile device, it’s easier than ever to create professional quality images with astonishing color and depth, thanks to intelligently integrated Leica Leitz Looks filters, which recreate the legendary bokeh and color. You can also keep on top of your physical and mental health by using your mobile device to analyze vocal patterns.

These and other functions come courtesy of the unstoppable 7th Gen Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence (AI) Engine, aided by the always-on 3rd Gen Qualcomm Sensing Hub and the ultra-powerful and efficient Qualcomm Hexagon processor, featuring a 2x faster tensor accelerator and 2x larger shared memory than its predecessor. The 3rd Gen Qualcomm Sensing Hub captures your rigorous activities and tracks them automatically. It's your ultimate personal training assistant that fits in your pocket. And now, with the new always-on ISP added to the always-on family, it can unlock your device without you even touching it and with added security in mind. 

Pro-level details for film and photography

Are you an independent photojournalist, a social media influencer, or a vacation videographer? Whichever you are, Snapdragon Sight Technology — the first 18-bit ISP Qualcomm Technologies has ever created for mobile — lets you photograph and film like a pro. That means extreme dynamic range, color, and sharpness with speeds up to 3.2 gigapixels per second. It’s also still a triple ISP, so you can capture photos and videos from three separate cameras simultaneously. With the first Snapdragon mobile platform that includes 8K HDR video capture, you can also record over a billion shades of color — 64x more shades than non-HDR — for film scenes with movie-theater detail. Other features include mega night mode that captures 30 images (5x more than previous gen) and merges the best parts to create one stunning image. The result is brighter photos in dark conditions and the ability to hone-in on tiny details without any blurring.

When creativity strikes you, you don’t want to scramble to open your camera app. With Always-on ISP, you can keep your camera on without compromising battery life. The Qualcomm Spectra ISP powered by AI also detects faces and makes focusing extremely fast. Snap up to 200 MP photos from a single lens or up to 36 MP photos from three lenses at once.

Breakthrough connectivity

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Mobile Platform is our most advanced 5G platform with the first 3GPP Release 16 5G solution. As the world’s first 10 Gigabit 5G modem-RF solution, Qualcomm Technologies’ 4th gen Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System facilitates content downloads in seconds and no-fuss mobile streaming, whenever the mood strikes. You also get access to more 5G networks worldwide, all-new 5G bands, global multi-SIM, and support for all-day battery. Wi-Fi connections get an upgrade too. The Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 Mobile Connectivity System supports the fastest Wi-Fi speeds available, up to 3.6 Gbps, over Wi-Fi 6 and 6E. Games and apps perform smoothly, even with multiple devices on one network.

Faster connections equate to seamless phone calls and entertainment. Mobile users can look forward to crisp voice and music with integrated Bluetooth audio and Snapdragon Sound Technology, now featuring Qualcomm aptX Lossless Technology for CD-quality lossless wireless audio as well as all-new LE audio features such as broadcast audio, stereo recording, and voice back-channel.

Mobile gaming that takes your breath away

With more gamers choosing to play on mobile devices, we’ve has been working overtime to bring desktop-level features to mobile gaming. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Mobile Platform — armed with the full Snapdragon Elite Gaming features, including ultra-smooth responsiveness and color rich HDR scenes — represents a major step forward in the mobile gaming arena. Imagine pulling out your mobile device to play on your commute home from work, watching particle effects like smoke and fog and experiencing gameplay as if you’re there in person.

With the re-architected Qualcomm Adreno GPU, you get 30 percent more power and 25 percent more efficiency than the predecessor, transforming your mobile devices into powerful gaming machines. This year’s advances include mind-blowing scenes with the most advanced lighting and shadow effects, thanks to the latest innovations in Unreal Engine, as well as unbelievable realism, delivered through volumetric rendering and frame motion engine. Also taking their place among the firsts this year are Audiokinetic technology and Snapdragon Sound Technology for rich, immersive sound and ultra-clear audio.

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Empowering the future

Bringing together breakthroughs in AI, connectivity, camera functions, gaming, and more, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is synonymous with the premium experiences for which Qualcomm Technologies is known, all while reaching toward the next wave of mobile tech. From the thrill of immersive experiences to superior performance and power efficiency, Snapdragon is transforming flagship devices. As more people than ever reach for their phones to help them navigate their day, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is delivering the groundbreaking innovations that will empower the future.


Battery life varies significantly based on device, settings, usage, and other factors. Snapdragon, Qualcomm AI Engine, Qualcomm Sensing Hub, Qualcomm FastConnect, Snapdragon Sound, Qualcomm aptX, Snapdragon Elite Gaming, Qualcomm Spectra, Snapdragon Sight, Qualcomm Hexagon and Qualcomm Adreno are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.


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The OnQ Team