With the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm updated its mobile flagship chip for this cycle in the customary mid-year fashion, and the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 was also unveiled. The Wireless AR Smart Viewer is a new reference design that the chipmaker also showcased.
GEN 1 SNAPDRAGON 8 The Kryo CPU and Adreno GPU in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 are both 10% quicker than the one from November, according to Geekbench 5 MT scores. A 30% increase in CPU power efficiency and a corresponding 30% decrease in GPU power are present. Another enhancement is the up to 20% greater performance per watt that the 7th Gen Qualcomm AI Engine offers. In terms of usage on a daily basis, this appears as:
Playtime plus 80 minutes of streaming video plus 5.5 hours of talk time plus 25 minutes of 5G WeChat video calling 50 minutes of social media use 17 hours of music listening These battery advantages are due to the fact that this chip is still 4nm but is now manufactured by TSMC rather than Samsung. Particularly, Qualcomm highlights a 15% SoC power savings. By Q3 2022, the first commercial smartphones from Asus ROG, Black Shark, Honor, iQOO, Lenovo, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, Oppo, Osom, realme, RedMagic, Redmi, vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE should be on the market.
GEN 1 SNAPDRAGON 7 With the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Qualcomm’s new naming convention is growing. There is over 20% faster graphics rendering and up to 200MP photo capturing compared to the Snapdragon 778G. The dedicated Trust Management Engine and Android Ready SE support for IDs and digital car keys are new features added to the Snapdragon 7 series. The 7th Gen AI Engine and the 4th Gen X62 5G modem (up to 4.4 Gbps downlink) are also included.
The first Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 devices from Honor, Oppo, and Xiaomi will launch in Q2 and switch to Samsung’s 4nm (from 6nm).
SMART WIRELESS AR VIEWER The Wireless AR Smart Viewer reference design powered by the Snapdragon XR2 was also introduced by Qualcomm today. Its purpose is to assist manufacturers in creating AR glasses that do not use USB-C cords to connect to phones. The Smart Viewer and the associated mobile device share computing duties with a three millisecond latency.
This Goertek model is 40% thinner and more evenly weighted than the wired/tethered Smart Viewer XR1 standard design (115g). A little over 39 degrees is the FOV.
A smooth AR experience is delivered by SeeYA’s dual micro-OLED binocular display, which supports 1920 x 1080 per eye, frame rates up to 90Hz, and a no-motion-blur function.
The smart viewer’s two monochrome cameras and one RGB camera provide six degrees of freedom (6DoF) head and hand tracking with gesture recognition for precise AR.
Two 6DoF tracking cameras, one RGB lens, Bluetooth 5.3, Wi-Fi 6/6E, and a 650mAh battery round out the other specifications. It is accessible to a limited number of partners, and in the upcoming months, a bigger audience is anticipated.