Qualcomms next generation of mobile processors should help bring flagship features to more midrange devices. The chipmaker announced two new chips the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 and the Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 which come bundled with AI enhancements and hardware to aid 5G.
The Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 may be the better of the pair, having the ability to shoot pictures at around 200 megapixels and HDR video capture. In addition, it includes intuitive AI assistance which will help suggest apps and settings predicated on your activity. Qualcomm says the SoCs (system on a chip) CPU performs around 40 percent much better than the Snapdragon 695 it released this past year, while its GPU performs around 35 percent better.
The Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, however, seems less centered on gaming, promising multiday battery life along with hardware support for AI voice assistance and the ability to use up to 108-megapixel photos. It doesnt offer an excessive amount of a horsepower upgrade from the Snapdragon 480 Plus that came before it, having an around 10 percent boost with regards to GPU performance or more to 15 percent for CPU performance.
Although both chipsets can hook up to 5G, only the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 can utilize both mmWave and sub-6Ghz 5G for faster connectivity the 4-series chip is bound to sub-6GHz only. The Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 is, similarly, the only person of both that can utilize the improved Wi-Fi 6E standard, because the 4 Gen 1 is stuck with the older Wi-Fi 5.
Its been almost per year since Qualcomm last released midrange chips (and that has been before overhauling its convoluted naming scheme). The Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 is likely to turn out by the finish of the year, as the 6 Gen 1 is meant to arrive at the start of 2023, making the timing of the chips to push out a little interesting. This already makes both of these too late to contend with the Tensor chip in the Google Pixel 6A and trailing the forthcoming Pixel 7 set to launch in October.
We dont know of any devices that may utilize the chips at this time, and we probably wont see one until 2023. On our set of the best phones designed for under $500, only 1 of the four Android options runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU the OnePlus Nord N20 5G. Of others, Samsung relied alone Exynos chipset for the Galaxy A53 5G, as the Galaxy A13 5G and Moto G Stylus (2022) choose competing hardware from Mediatek, which includes eaten into Qualcomms market share recently.