Snapdragon 8 will Usher in the Next Generation of Premium Android Smartphones with Commercial Devices Expected by the End of 2021
During the annual Snapdragon Tech Summit 2021, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. introduced its latest premium 5G mobile platform, Snapdragon ® 8 Gen 1.
The new Snapdragon 8 leads the way into a new era of premium mobile technology equipped with cutting-edge 5G, AI, gaming, camera, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® technologies to transform the next generation of flagship devices. Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will be adopted by global OEMs and brands including Black Shark, Honor, iQOO, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, OPPO, Realme, Redmi, SHARP, Sony Corporation, vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE, with commercial devices expected by the end of 2021.
“As the world’s most advanced mobile platform, Snapdragon is synonymous with premium
Android experiences and the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 sets the standard for the next generation of flagship mobile devices,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager of mobile, compute, and infrastructure, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
“It delivers connectivity, photography, AI, gaming, sound, and security experiences never before available in a smartphone.”
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Key Features
• Connectivity: Equipped with the 4th gen Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System, the
new Snapdragon 8 is the most advanced 5G mobile platform and the world’s first 5G
modem-RF solution to reach 10 Gigabit download speeds. Snapdragon 8 features the Qualcomm® FastConnectTM 6900 Mobile Connectivity System supporting the fastest Wi-
Fi speeds available—up to 3.6 Gbps—over Wi-Fi 6 and 6E to ensure games and apps perform smoothly, even with multiple devices on one network.
• Camera: This new premium mobile platform takes smartphone photography beyond pro.
Snapdragon SightTM Technology includes the first 18-bit ISP ever created for mobile,
capturing over 4000x more camera data than its predecessor for extreme dynamic range,
color, and sharpness at staggering speeds up to 3.2 gigapixels per second. This is also
the first 8K HDR video capture in a mobile platform and it’s capable of capturing in the
premium HDR10+ format that’s loaded with over a billion shades of color. Video will
look even more stunning thanks to the new Bokeh Engine which adds beautiful soft
backgrounds to videos; it’s like Portrait Mode for video capture. Snapdragon 8 also
includes a fourth separate ISP, the new Always-On ISP, which allows the camera to run
with extremely low power consumption so users can experience always-on face
unlocking and locking if your face isn’t present for heightened privacy.
• AI: The 7th Gen Qualcomm AI Engine is equipped with the ultra-high performance and
efficient Qualcomm® HexagonTM processor, featuring a 2x faster tensor accelerator and
2x larger shared memory than its predecessor. Users can capture pro-quality images
thanks to intelligently integrated Leica Leitz Look filters—recreating their legendary
bokeh effect. The latest AI-based natural language processing from Hugging Face can
intelligently serve as your personal assistant by prioritizing and analyzing your
notifications. Working with Sonde Health, we are using on-device AI to accelerate their
models that can analyze a user’s vocal patterns to determine if a user is at risk for health
conditions such as asthma, depression, and COVID-19. Also, a new always-on AI system
is powered by the 3rd Gen Qualcomm® Sensing Hub with more data streams being
processed using lowest power AI.
• Gaming: With over 50 Snapdragon Elite Gaming features, Snapdragon 8 delivers ultra-
smooth responsiveness, color-rich HDR scenes at the highest visual quality, and desktop-
level capabilities that are mobile-firsts. The new Qualcomm® AdrenoTM GPU provides a 30% boost in graphics rendering capabilities and 25% improvement in power savings
compared to the previous generation to unlock a new generation of mobile GPUs. The
platform delivers, Adreno Frame Motion Engine to can generate twice as many frames
while maintaining the same power consumption. Another mobile-first feature is Variable
Rate Shading Pro to provide a finer grain of control for game developers to further tune
game performance. Desktop-level Volumetric rendering brings unrivaled realism to fog,
smoke, and particle effects that have been optimized for mobile by Qualcomm
Technologies’ in-house Snapdragon Studios.
• Sound: Users can experience a new class of crisp, crystal-clear voice and music with
integrated Bluetooth 5.2 and Snapdragon SoundTM Technology, now featuring Qualcomm® aptXTM Lossless Technology for CD-quality lossless wireless audio. This is the first Snapdragon mobile platform to support all-new LE audio features such as broadcast audio, stereo recording, and voice back-channel for gaming.
• Security: Snapdragon 8 features vault-like security to help keep users’ data protected.
This is the first Snapdragon platform to feature a dedicated Trust Management Engine to
achieve heightened security and provide additional Root of Trust for apps and services.
Snapdragon 8 is also the world’s first mobile platform to feature Android Ready SE—the
new standard for digital car keys, drivers’ licenses, and more. Additionally, the
Qualcomm® Secure Processing Unit features support for iSIM, an integrated SIM card
so users can easily and securely connect to cellular networks without a SIM card.