Qualcomm has officially launched two new processors for mid-range phones – the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 4 Gen 1. These chipsets bring better efficiency, more power, and premium features to inexpensive Android smartphones.
Snapdragon 6 Gen 1:
The Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 chip, developed for mid-range phones is based on a 4nm manufacturing process. It has four Cortex-A78 and four Cortex-A55 cores as well as a max clock speed of 2.2GHz.
The Adreno GPU supports Vulkan 1.1, OpenGL ES 3.2, and OpenCL 2.0 FP APIs, claimed to be 35% faster than Snapdragon 695. Whereas, its GPU features hardware-accelerated H.256 and VP9 decoding, HDR Playback Codec support for HLG, and HDR gaming compatibility.
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Furthermore, Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 has a Qualcomm Spectra 12-bit Triple ISP that can house up to three 13MP cameras, a 25MP + 16MP dual camera system, or a single 48MP camera.
The processor also offers up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM clocked at 2750MHz and UFS 3.1 storage. While considering connectivity, the SoC supports both mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G as well as include dual-frequency GPS, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and USB 3.1 Type-C.
Snapdragon 4 Gen 1:
The Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 is made for even more affordable Android smartphones. It is based on a 6nm process and brings 10% proven GPU performance and up to 15% better CPU performance compared to its predecessor – Snapdragon 480.
This chipset is limited to LPDDR4X RAM, clocked at 2,133MHz. It can adapt up to three 13MP cameras, a 25MP + 13MP dual camera system, or a single 32MP camera.
Its image signal processor also supports 1080p single video capture at 60 frames per second, 1080p dual video capture at 30 frames per second, 720p slow motion video capture at 120 frames per second, and HEIC photo capture.
Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 equips a 5G radio compatible with sub-6GHz networks. Its connectivity options also include dual-frequency GPS, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and USB 3.1 Type-C. It is compatible with Quick Charge 4+.
Moving on, currently, there’s no official information on which phones will equip the new Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 or Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 chipset. It’s expected that the SD 4 Gen 1 phones might start shipping this month and the SD 6 Gen 1 devices will unveil in early 2023.