This same week, during the annual Snapdragon Tech Summit 2021, Qualcomm Technologies presented its latest premium 5G mobile platform, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, a chipset designed for “the next generation of flagship devices” and that will be adopted by OEMs and brands global like Black Shark, Honor, iQOO, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, OPPO, Realme, Redmi, SHARP, Sony Corporation, vivo, Xiaomi y ZTE, with commercial devices planned for the end of 2021.
Each new processor brings with it a series of improvements that we will see first in the top of the range next year. And in the case of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, here we have 5 news that we will see in next year’s Android flagships:
8K HDR video and Bokeh effect on video
The camera is one of the elements that most defines a top-of-the-range mobile, and every year manufacturers compete to put the best mobile camera on the market in their models. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset will allow mobile phones that implement it to be able to record video in 8K HDR, in addition to using the format HDR10+, which should increase the contrast of the videos.
Another improvement will be low light photography and burst capabilities. But without a doubt one of the star functions will be power use the Bokeh effect on a video. The Bokeh effect in mobile cameras when taking photos allows the use of AI to automatically blur the background of an image. This allows you to highlight items more clearly, which is particularly useful for selfies.
Smartphones with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip will be able to des to automatically focus on the background of videos thanks to the new Bokeh engine. This feature will of course be optional, but it allows users to have more options to make the video look exactly how they want it.
Higher 5G speed
Mobiles with the Gen 1 chipset will be able to reach 5G speeds of up to 10Gbps, which will allow the highest download speeds so far for a mobile. Such speeds will allow you to download 4K video in seconds, or even video chat at 8K resolution without lagging the stream. These terminals will also be compatible with Wi-Fi 6E to improve the Internet connection at home – although you will need a compatible router to get the most out of Wi-Fi 6E.
More power and performance
Qualcomm claims that the CPU of smartphones with its new processor will get 20% more performance compared to the previous generation, while the GPU will benefit from an even greater improvement of 30%. This means that future Android phones will not only be faster when running applications or browsing the web, but will also have smoother performance when playing natively.
Speaking of games, Qualcomm suggests that the new Adreno Frame Motion Engine feature it will increase the frame rate of a game, at the same time that will reduce energy consumption so you can keep playing longer before battery life reaches zero.
Lossless audio via Bluetooth
New phones with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip will feature the tQualcomm aptX Lossless technology for wireless audio no loss of quality. This means that the audio quality of music when listening through Bluetooth headphones should not be compromised, which will be music for audiophiles, although this feature It will only work with headphones that are compatible with Snapdragon sound technology.
By pairing a Gen 1 with a compatible headset, you can also reduce latency, which is especially important for games.
Camera always on
One of the most interesting features that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 allows is what Qualcomm calls “camera always on”. This means that you can use various camera functions without waking up the phone. The most obvious advantage of this innovation is the ability to use facial recognition to unlock the phone without having to touch it.
Current Android phones require a button press or the phone being lifted to wake it from standby, but future phones won’t require that extra step. If the phone is next to you on a desk, you can just look at the camera for the splash screen to appear on the screen.
Qualcomm has also revealed that the new “always-on camera” will allow scan QR codes without unlocking your phone. This should speed up the process of scanning a QR code, whether it’s to upload a digital menu at a restaurant or to download a new app. What we do not know is the extra cost that this function will have in the autonomy of each device.