Qualcomm will announce its new flagship smartphone processor—Snapdragon 8 Gen 1—during an event on November 30, 2021. The company’s upcoming processor was expected to be named Snapdragon 898, but the US-based chipset giant will reportedly name it the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Qualcomm has confirmed the name of this upcoming chipset through a new teaser video. Additionally, the company will also be giving up the ‘5G’ suffix from its processor lineup. It is said that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will be manufactured using a 4nm fabrication process, similar to the MediaTek Dimensity 9000, which was announced recently.

There have been rumours that smartphones with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor will be launched as early as next month. The first two devices expected to use the upcoming chipset are believed to be the Xiaomi 12 and the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra (Moto Edge X). These devices could launch in China in December 2021. Several other smartphones equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip could launch next year. In this article, we take a look at the list of Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 smartphones along with the processor’s features and specifications.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Specifications, Features (Expected)

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8

The Snapdragon 8 Gen. 1’s (Snapdragon 898) features and specifications were leaked by popular leakster Evan Blass (@evleaks). The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will reportedly be manufactured using Samsung’s 4nm EUV process. It is said that the chip will come with an integrated Qualcomm X65 5G modem, an upgrade over the X60 5G modem found inside the Snapdragon 888. We expect faster cellular download and upload speeds on phones equipped with the Snapdragon 8 Gen. 1. Furthermore, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is also expected to feature ARM’s v9 technology. It might use one ARM Cortex-X2 CPU core clocked at 3.0GHz, three ARM Cortex-A710 CPU cores clocked at 2.50GHz, and four ARM Cortex-A510 CPU cores clocked at 1.80GHz.

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    The processor could use the Adreno 730 GPU for faster graphics processing. The chipset might also use the Adreno 665 VPU (Video Processing Unit) and the Adreno 1195 DPU (Display Processing Unit). The Spectra 680 ISP will handle camera processing. The other features could include support for LPDDR5 RAM, Qualcomm Aqstic WCD9380/WCD9385 audio processor, Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit (SPU260), and Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 connectivity subsystem.

    List of Snapdragon 8 Gen. 1 Smartphones (Snapdragon 898)

    1. Xiaomi 12
    2. Motorola Edge 30 Ultra (Motorola Edge X)
    3. OnePlus 10 Pro
    4. Samsung Galaxy S22 Series
    5. Redmi K50 Pro, Redmi K50 Pro+
    6. Realme GT 2 Pro
    7. iQOO 9
    8. ASUS ROG Phone 6

    Xiaomi 12

    Mi 11 Ultra

    Xiaomi’s upcoming flagship smartphone— Xiaomi 12—is expected to use the Snapdragon 8 Gen. 1 processor. It might feature an AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, similar to its predecessor, the Mi 11. The device is expected to have 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and up to 512GB UFS 3.1 storage. It is rumoured to sport a 50MP primary camera. The device might support 120W fast wired charging and 50W wireless charging. The Xiaomi 12 is expected to launch in China next month. However, its exact launch date remains unknown. We can expect Xiaomi to start sharing Xiaomi 12 teasers next month.

    Motorola Edge 30 Ultra (Motorola Edge X)

    The second smartphone which can make use of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor could be the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra (Motorola Edge X). The Motorola Edge 30 Ultra renders have been leaked in the past. The previous leak suggests that the smartphone will feature a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate. The display panel might have HDR 10+ support. The smartphone is tipped to pack 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of internal storage. In the optics department, the device is supposed to feature a triple rear camera setup. The rear-facing triple-camera module could include a 50MP primary sensor, a 50MP secondary lens, and a 2MP sensor. The selfie department might be handled by a 60MP camera. For power usage, a 5,000mAh battery is supposed to fuel the handset which might support 68W fast charging.

    OnePlus 10 Pro

    OnePlus 10 Pro Render

    OnePlus is expected to launch the OnePlus 10 series next year. The OnePlus 10 series is rumoured to include two devices namely the OnePlus 10 vanilla model and the OnePlus 10 Pro. These handsets are supposed to launch in China by the end of February 2022 or early March 2022. The global debut of the OnePlus 10 series is said to happen in April 2022. Both the OnePlus 10 and the OnePlus 10 Pro are expected to come powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. The OnePlus 10 Pro is tipped to feature the Galaxy S21 ultra Esque triple-camera setup at the back. The camera module of the OnePlus 10 Pro might include 48MP primary camera, a 50MP ultrawide camera, and an 8MP telephoto lens with 3.3x zoom. For selfies and video-calling, the smartphone is considered to sport a 32MP selfie camera.

    Also Read: OnePlus 10 Pro Specifications Leak Along With Design

    The OnePlus 10 Pro rest of the specifications are supposed to include a 6.7-inch QHD+ OLED display with a variable 120Hz refresh rate, 12GB LPDDR5 of RAM, 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage, and an IP68 rating for water resistance. The smartphone also could run Android 12 out of the box. The OnePlus 10 Pro is tipped to pack a 5,000mAh battery which could offer 125W fast charging support.

    Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, Galaxy S22 Ultra

    The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S22 series devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S22, Samsung Galaxy S22+, and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra are also tipped to come powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. In some markets, we can expect these devices to launch with equivalent Exynos 2200 SoC. The Samsung Galaxy S22 series is expected to feature an AMOLED display. The devices in the S22 lineup could pack up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage. We can expect the top-of-the-line Galaxy S22 Ultra model to sport a 200MP camera. The Galaxy S22 series is supposed to offer 45W fast charging support. Compared to the Galaxy S21 lineup, the S22 series will no doubt bring significant upgrades in terms of display, processing power, camera department, and faster-charging capability.

    Xiaomi Redmi K50 Pro, Redmi K50 Pro+

    Redmi K40

    Redmi is expected to soon launch the sucessor to the Redmi K40 series in the form of the Redmi K50 lineup soon in China. The upcoming Redmi K50 series is supposed to make use of four different processors both from Qualcomm and MediaTek. The Redmi K50 series is supposed to utilize a Snapdragon 870, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Dimensity 7000, and recently announced Dimensity 9000 chipsets. The Redmi K50 lineup devices might sport an AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The smartphones might pack a 5,000mAh battery which could offer up to 67W fast charging support. The Redmi K50 Pro+ model could sport a 108MP primary rear camera. This upcoming series is supposed to mark its debut sometime in February 2022.

    Realme GT 2 Pro

    Realme GT 2 Pro Render

    Realme is also rumoured to announce the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 equipped device in the market next year. The Realme GT 2 Pro is believed to be the first Realme smartphone that might come with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. If the leaked specifications of the device are to be considered, the handset might sport a 6.51-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution. The Realme GT 2 Pro is supposed to come with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage onboard. Since the Chinese smartphone has announced the Android 12-based Realme UI 3.0, we can expect the Realme GT 2 Pro to boot Android 12 out of the box. The device is expected to feature a 50MP primary camera at the back and a 32MP selfie snapper at the front.

    Keeping the lights on there could be a 5,000mAh battery which might offer 125W UltraDart charging support. The Realme GT 2 Pro ahead of the official launch was even spotted at the AnTuTu benchmark recently. The device carried model number as RMX3300 and it managed to record over 1 million points in the test results. The Realme GT 2 Pro which was spotted at AnTuTu is believed to be powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor.

    iQOO 9

    iQOO 5

    iQOO has been making some great phones with excellent cameras alongside utilizing Qualcomm’s processor. The company is rumoured to launch the iQOO 8’s successor in the form of the iQOO 9 next year. The iQOO 9 is expected to pack Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. Though the specifications of the iQOO 9 series remain a mystery, we can expect the iQOO 9 lineup to feature an AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a big battery capacity with fast charging support, and some high-grade cameras. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 equipped iQOO 9 lineup also might come with 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB of internal storage.

    ASUS ROG Phone 6

    Asus ROG Phone 2

    ASUS unveiled the ASUS ROG Phone 5 this year in March. The device boasts a 6.78-inch AMOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate and it is powered by Snapdragon 888 processor. The handset pack up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage. It is believed that ASUS will launch the successor to the ROG Phone 5 – the ASUS ROG Phone 6 next year. We can expect the ASUS ROG Phone 6 to utilize the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. The specifications of the ROG Phone 6 remain a mystery at the moment. However, one can expect the device to come with an AMOLED display, 16GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage, 64MP cameras, and a 6,000mAh battery.

    Other Smartphones Which Could Be Powered By Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Processor

    Apart from the Xiaomi 12, OnePlus 10 Pro series, and the Galaxy S22 lineup, other OEM’s also won’t miss the chance to launch smartphones with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. Devices such as the ASUS ZenFone 9, OPPO Find X4 Pro, Meizu 19, Black Shark 5, Lenovo Legion 3 Pro, and the ZTE Axon 40 are also on the list which could use the Snapdragon 8 Gen, 1 processor.

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