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☕ Good morning! Happy first of December! The countdown to Christmas and holidays and such is on.

Qualcomm’s new flagship chip

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 hero image

Qualcomm has introduced what your subsequent Android flagship may have: a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, its new flagship processor more likely to be seen in a bunch of Android telephones (until MediaTek actually has a winner in its Dimensity 9000).

Once once more, there’s a listing of latest specs, tech particulars, options, and claims that the CPU, GPU and different modules are sooner, extra environment friendly, and it’s all higher than ever.

  • One of the issues for nice new cell {hardware} is that almost all of us aren’t precisely stressing the CPUs or GPUs as we ship messages and verify e mail and so forth.
  • But to imagine it gained’t make a lot distinction wouldn’t be proper.
  • Increasingly, the main points that matter are higher energy effectivity (ie. longer lasting battery with out efficiency trade-offs), heating issues and packaging calls for for producers (the earlier 888 ran sizzling), higher/sooner images and video, reception enhancements for these occasions once you’re on the margin of sign, and so forth.

What’s new:

  • Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Tech Summit taking place in Hawaii launched the brand new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and its new advertising identify/model, plus all of the specs, in a keynote and a deep dive, all of which is on YouTube.
  • It’ll be manufactured on Samsung’s 4nm course of node, the identical firm that made the 5nm 888.
  • Qualcomm is saying its CPU alone might be 20% sooner than the 888, due to new Armv9 CPU cores, particularly its new X2 cores. The chipset will maintain one Cortex-X2 core clocked at 3GHz, three Cortex-A710 cores, and 4 Cortex-A510 cores for low-power processing, and ship a claimed 30% energy saving.
  • Samsung’s Foundry enterprise unit has beforehand stated the node step from 5nm to 4nm implies a 16% discount in energy, so Qualcomm claiming extra signifies additional efficiencies that’ll be intriguing to place to the check.
  • GPU: A 30% graphical increase and 25% energy saving over the Snapdragon 888 sequence.
  • Modem: 8 Gen 1 has an built-in X65 modem that was introduced earlier this 12 months, with speeds of as much as 10Gbps and a bunch of options like 3GPP Release 16. It’s a bit of extra futureproof: real-world speeds gained’t get you 10Gbps any time quickly, however by comparability, the Snapdragon 888 topped out at 7.5Gbps.
  • There’s additionally assist for Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, and Snapdragon Sound wi-fi tech.
  • ISP: Imaging appears to be a giant deal right here. Qualcomm says its new processor is an 18-bit ISP touting 3.2 gigapixels per second speeds, together with the headline function of 8K/30fps recording in HDR, and extra.
  • AI: the brand new seventh-generation AI engine has a giant uplift, together with 70% energy effectivity enhancements for AI workloads.
  • And one barely cursed factor, through Twitter: you’ll be able to mint NFTs with the newest Snapdragon, for some purpose.
  • Here’s our deep dive into the tech.

What it means:

  • We’ll know extra when the primary Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 telephones come out, and also you guessed it, that’s taking place quickly.
  • The Xiaomi 12 sequence might be first to launch with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, with a leaked date pinning this to December twelfth.
  • realme can be getting in on the act, with its GT2 Pro being marketed as “one of the first” telephones to get the 8 Gen 1, so presumably that occurs inside a number of weeks as effectively.
  • Then there’ll be the Samsung S22 line, anticipated early subsequent 12 months — January or February, maybe.
  • That’s when actual benchmarks, battery life, new options, and sustained efficiency vs. overheating, and any worth improve, will all be discovered.

What’s subsequent:

  • Qualcomm has extra popping out of Day 2 of the summit, together with “Qualcomm’s role across Infrastructure (5G + Wi-Fi 6), Compute, Handheld Gaming, Auto, and more.”
  • Compute and handheld gaming, eh? Meaning Windows and one thing to energy a Steam Deck or so?
  • Let’s see what’s coming…

Roundup

🚿 Water resistance might come to extra funds Samsung telephones in 2022 (Android Authority).

👉 Amazon’s been asserting AWS issues at its re:Invent convention, which could all be attention-grabbing for enterprise-types, however a few of it’s intriguing for us plebs too: for instance, AWS Private 5G, the place you’ll be able to construct your personal 5G community utilizing Amazon infrastructure, and on the {hardware} entrance, Amazon’s as much as its third-generation of its Graviton ARM SoC, plus its newest customized ML chip Trn1 that may deal with machine studying information sooner. Big competitors for Nvidia/Intel/and so on within the AI/ML/server house (TechCrunch).

🔋 Formula E says third-gen automobile would be the world’s best race automobile, racing in 2022-23 (Engadget).

Wednesday Weirdness

Some bizarre and delightful: A time-lapse of the Earth setting on the moon, captured by the Japanese spacecraft Selene, or Kaguya. It was a lunar orbiter that orbited the moon for 20 months. This through JAXA/NHK on YouTube:

earth set

Mostly orbiting the espresso pot,

Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor

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