20 July 2022
Qualcomm has announced two new processors Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 4 Gen 1. These are aimed at mid-range and entry-level smartphones respectively. The nomenclature scheme replaces previously used Snapdragon 6XX and Snapdragon 4XX names. The change began with the release of Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and also includes Snapdragon 7 Gen 1.
The Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 is a 4nm octa-core processor featuring Kryo CPU and Adreno GPU cores. It has four Cortex-A78 cores and four Cortex-A55 cores clocked up to 2.2GHz. It is claimed to deliver up to 35% performance boost over previous generation CPU cores and up to 30% performance boost over GPU cores. There is support for both mmWave and Sub-6 5G bands.
It is capable of supporting display panels with up to Full HD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. It comes with Spectra triple 12-bit ISP with support for up to a 200-megapixel single shooter. It is capable of shooting 4K videos at 30fps. Qualcomm is touting HDR gaming performance at more than 60fps. It will offer Quick Charge 4+ fast charging technology for smartphones. Other features include WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, and a USB 3.1 Type-C port.
The processor will make its commercial debut in Q1 2023. Motorola is said to be one of the first OEMs to release the smartphone.
If we talk about Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, it is based on a 4nm manufacturing process and is also an octa-core chip. It has dual Cortex-A78 cores and six Cortex-A55 cores clocked up to 2.0GHz. The CPU performance improvement is said to be up to 15% and up to 10% for GPU improvements. It has the Snapdragon X51 5G Modem-RF system and Sub-6GHz bands.
It will be capable of supporting up to a 32-megapixel single shooter. It can shoot videos up to 1080p at 60fps and 1080 dual video capture at 30fps. It is compatible with up to Full HD+ display with 120Hz refresh rate. The first smartphones featuring the new chipset will arrive starting in Q3 2022. Vivo's sub-brand iQOO will release the iQOO Z6 Lite as the world's first smartphone with a processor.