August 10, 2022
Snapdragon 2022 chips coming to Chromebook, Nintendo Switch and Android flagships

At the annual Snapdragon Tech Summit this week, Qualcomm announced a new generation of chips under its Snapdragon branding. The showstopper was the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 which is essentially an incremental update to last year’s Snapdragon 888 and the next generation of flagship Android phones due out later this year and next year. However, the San Diego-based company has announced the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 and Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3 as its two new system-on-chip (SoC) models for Windows laptops and Chromebooks, and the Snapdragon G3x as the chip designed for it. brought as well. Handheld gaming device.

Host Akhil Arora spoke with review editor Jamshed Avari and senior reviewer Sheldon Pinto on this week’s episode of the Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital to discuss Qualcomm’s new announcements.

The big launch for the phone at this year’s Snapdragon Tech Summit was the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC. The chip doesn’t have a massive upgrade compared to the Snapdragon 888 that was launched last year. However, it does have some incremental changes that are claimed to help provide better processing, faster artificial intelligence (AI) performance, and an enhanced graphics rendering.

One of the major changes coming with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is the new branding which is a departure from the existing number series. This was evident as Qualcomm was running out of numbers – thanks to the launch of various Snapdragon number-series models in recent days. It seems that even Qualcomm is now promoting Snapdragon as a separate brand using the new nomenclature.

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The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 gets a whole new branding without the company’s number-series title
photo credit: Qualcomm

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is also claimed to have some compelling features including an 18-bit Image Signal Processor (ISP) that enables 8K HDR video capture. There’s also a new Always-On ISP that Qualcomm says will help enable Always-On Face Unlocking, and lock the device when you’re not looking at the screen. Although this particular update may raise some privacy concerns.

Qualcomm has also developed an on-device AI technology in partnership with health-tech company Sonde Health that claims to analyze users’ vocal patterns to determine if they have asthma, depression and COVID-19. including whether there is a risk of health conditions.

The features that come with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 could help Qualcomm maintain its strong presence in the smartphone market in 2022 and make it an active competitor against Taiwan’s MediaTek, which also has its Dimensity range of 5G chips.

Along with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 as its new chip for premium Windows laptops and Chromebooks. It comes as the successor to the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 and is built using 5nm process technology. The chip claims to offer faster performance over competing x86 platforms. The company has also brought Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3 chip for affordable laptops and Chromebooks along with 5G connectivity support.

Both the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 and Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3 are Qualcomm’s answer to Intel and AMD – the traditional chipmakers in the laptop market. However, Qualcomm rival MediaTek is also looking to gain both revenue and popularity in the laptop market with its own chips.

And as a new market entry, Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 as its first chip for handheld gaming devices. It may be adopted by manufacturers developing dedicated hardware for mobile gamers. In the past companies including Asus, Black Shark and Nubia have tried to please the audience with their gaming phones. But Qualcomm seems to have taken a different approach this time.

Qualcomm demonstrated a handheld gaming device concept in collaboration with Razer that’s giving developers its new move to build games. However, we have yet to see how much chipmakers and partners like Razer can do with their ongoing efforts to make a difference in the gaming industry.

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The Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 Handheld Gaming Developer Kit is a concept of what we might see in the future
photo credit: Qualcomm

In this episode of Orbital, we discuss all this and more. You can catch it by pressing the Play button on the Spotify player embedded above.

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