Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor has been officially unveiled by Qualcomm recently and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is one of the first handsets to have this processor.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is a 4 nanometer processor and after nearly a decade Qualcomm switches over to the new ARMv9 instruction set that brings speed and efficiency improvements.
The CPU is now 20% faster than the one in the Snapdragon 888 while also reducing power usage by up to 30%. The CPU maintains the 3 cluster design headlined by the powerful Cortex x2 Core.
On the graphics side we're seeing even bigger improvements. The new Adreno promises a 30% performance boost and up to 20% power saving.
The GPU now can produce a game at twice the frame rate while utilizing the same amount of power. Thanks to the new Adreno frame motion engine alternatively it may maintain the same fps while cutting power draw by half. Not only that but also features Snapdragon Elite gaming which promises to deliver the full suite of desktop level features including Volumetric rendering for hyper realistic visuals. If you don't know Volumetric rendering also known as God Rays is a technique used in 3D computer graphics to add lighting effects to a rendered scene. As you can see here this will make the gaming experience much more realistic and beautiful. Also new is the Variable Rate Shading Pro an image-based VRS that should streamline the integration of VRS into more games.
Qualcomm is bringing some massive upgrades to the camera capabilities of the chip. The image signal processor a.k.a. ISP has been upgraded. It now captures an insane 4096 times more camera data than the snapdragon 888. It was previously a 14-bit ISP of the snapdragon 88 and this feature is an 18-bit one with those four more bets you'll be able to shoot images with brighter bright areas and darker dark areas which would result in a better dynamic range. Qualcomm has also doubled the number of photos you can take in burst mode. Now, you can take 240 12 megapixel photos in one second instead of 120 a cinematic mode where the background is blurred in video something apple made a huge fuss about is also here on the step but unlike apple which limits the quality to only 1080p the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will increase it to 4K. The chip can also allow 8K video recording in HDR.
For the very first time both HDR 10 and HDR 10+. It also has a new feature called video super resolution for extreme zoom, which means your phone's telephoto camera can record better video. Finally, you'll also be able to take photos in 18-bit draw. For the very first time the night mode is seeing a huge improvement as well because now the chip can use data from up to 30 images in a single shot of from 6 images from the 888. The AI is also 4X faster than its predecessor.
Other features include an always-on camera that uses little to no power. With this enable you could unlock your phone without having to press a button to start a facial recognition process. Another useful feature of this is security for example when you're using specific applications the camera may detect whether someone is staring over your shoulder, if you're looking at sensitive documents it will be able to lock your phone so no one else can peek over your shoulder.
All in all Qualcomm is saying the chip introduces the biggest changes that they've ever brought in a product and that's a big claim. Of course we'll have to wait and see how many of these features Samsung is actually going to utilize for the Galaxy S22 Ultra.