So the Galaxy S22 lineup is one of the first phones to feature the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. This chipset has been officially unveiled by Qualcomm today and it brings a host of improvements across the board, some of which are just insane. First of all, it’s a 4nm processor and after nearly a decade, Qualcomm switches over to the new ARMv9 instruction set that brings speed and efficiency improvements.
Notably, 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 three-cluster design headlined by the powerful Cortex X2. On the GPU side, we’re seeing even bigger improvements, the new Adreno promises a 30% performance boost and up to 25% 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 it 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 Variable Rate Shading Pro, an image-based VRS that should streamline the integration of VRS into more games. Moving on, Qualcomm is bringing some massive upgrades to the camera capabilities of the chip. The image signal processor aka (ISP) has been upgraded. It now captures an insane 4,096 times more camera data than the Snapdragon 888.
It was previously a 14-bit ISP on the Snapdragon 888, and this features an 18-bit one. With those four more bits, you’ll be able to shoot images with brighter bright areas and darker dark areas, which should result in a better dynamic range. Qualcomm has also doubled the number of photos you can take in burst mode. For example, in one second you can now take 240 12MP photos instead of 120. The cinematic video mode where the background is blurred in videos something Apple made a huge fuss about is also here on this chip.
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 Plus. 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 RAW for the 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 up from six images on the 888. The AI is also 4 times faster than its predecessor. Other features include an always-on camera that uses little to no power. With this enabled, 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 about 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. Let me know your thoughts and I’ll see you tomorrow…Peace out