Qualcomm just released two new chips for mobile devices. The Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 is a mid-range chip, and the Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 is an entry-level chip. We tell you what they’re up to.
It will help the company grow in the mid-range and entry-level markets. Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 will compete for market share in the next months.
The first thing that stands out about the demonstration is that Qualcomm has chosen to keep the same naming scheme for its new hardware as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and its Plus version. This makes sense, but in general, it can be hard for many people to understand.
The Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 replaces the Snapdragon 695 5G with a performance boost that is interesting. Qualcomm says that the new chip can render graphics 35% faster and can handle tasks 40% faster. The Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 stands out because it is the first in the range of a built-in 6 nanometer process. It is also the first in the range to have a CPU that is 15% faster than the Snapdragon 480 5G and a GPU that is 10% faster.
Qualcomm says that the new Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 will bring their flagship features to widely used devices. It’s a pretty big claim, but it doesn’t mean that these chips will change the world in a big way.
Qualcomm adds the new Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 chips to its line-up
The Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 is designed for mobile gamers, featuring visuals and reflexes at more than 60 frames per second. Qualcomm also points out that the phone has a triple image processor that lets you take pictures with all three cameras at the same time. It can also take pictures with up to 108 megapixels and record HDR video. In terms of connectivity, the new chip works with 5G networks with download speeds of up to 2.9 Gbps. It also works with Qualcomm FastConnect 6700 to support WiFi 6E on dual-antenna mobiles.
This announcement also talks about artificial intelligence, since the mid-range chip uses Qualcomm’s seventh-generation AI engine. According to the company, it can do tasks with “intelligent assistance” three times faster than the Snapdragon 695.
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When it comes to the Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, the main focus is on how power is used. Since it’s a chip for cheap phones, its best feature isn’t how well it works, even though Qualcomm says it will work well. Instead, its best feature is that the battery lasts more than a day. But it also has a triple image processor and can take photos with a resolution of up to 108 MP. When it comes to connectivity, it stands out because it lets you connect to 5G networks with speeds of up to 2.5 Gbps and supports FastConnect 6200 technology.
We don’t know yet what kinds of devices the new Qualcomm SoCs will be used in. According to our resources Motorola will use the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 in its device. However, iQOO will do the same with the Snapdragon 4 Gen 1. The first phones with the new input chip will be out before the end of the year, and the mid-range hardware will come out in the first quarter of 2023.