Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 vs Snapdragon 888: Is it a better upgrade?

Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit in Hawaii. Snapdragon 888 is a popular chipset in the 2021 flagship phones; Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, Xiaomi 11 Ultra to be precise.

The new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is for 2022 Android flagship, with tons of features included in the chipset.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will be a major step-up since it comes with new architecture and all-new cores.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will powered many Android flagship phones in 2022. Below is the comparison.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 vs Snapdragon 888: CPU

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
1x Cortex-X2 @3.0 GHz
3x Cortex-A710 @2.5GHz
4x Cortex-A510 @1.8GHz

Snapdragon 888
1x ARM Cortex-X1 @2.84 GHz
3x ARM Cortex-A78 @ 2.4GHz
4x ARM Cortex-A58 @ 1.8GHz

Although, they may both look the same on paper but the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is 20% faster than Snapdragon 888 chipset. This has to be caused by the new architecture and new cores in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 vs Snapdragon 888: GPU

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is 30% faster in performance with 25% less power than its predecessor Andreno 660. The new Andreno 660 brings gaming features such as Frame Motion Engine, Variable Rate Shading Pro, and Volumetric Lightning. Probably the best GPU from Qualcomm ever.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 vs Snapdragon 888: Is it a better upgrade?

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 vs Snapdragon 888: ISP

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 image signal processor (ISP) is on another level. The 18-bit HDR ISP on Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is capable of recording 8k videos in HDR with electronic image stabilization.

It also feature a dedicated engine for 4k Bokeh video recording, video editors can shoot in 18-bit RAW in Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 vs Snapdragon 888: Connectivity

The two chipsets support mmWave Sub-6Hz 5G band, but the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset is capable of delivering max downloading speed up to 10Gbps because of the new Snapdragon X65 5G modem in it, which is senior to the X60 5G in the Snapdragon 888 chipset.

Does Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Worth the Upgrade?

Actually, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is a beast chipset because of the performance and others features included in it. It worth knowing that Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 can only be superior to the Snapdragon 888 chipset if the phone company take full advantage of the features brought by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

Snapdragon 888 is still a good chipset and the price of phone with this chipset will reduce this year, you can take advantage of that.

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