Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ SoC tipped to launch early May

  • Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ is expected to be introduced in May 2022.
  • The ‘+’ iteration will be built on a 4nm process node from TSMC.
  • Lenovo, Motorola, Xiaomi, and OnePlus will release Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ chipset-powered smartphones in June.

It’s that time of the year again when Qualcomm gives its top-of-line Snapdragon chipset gets a ‘+’ variant. The ‘+’ variants usually don’t bring substantial upgrades, but it seems like this upgrade will be a big deal this year. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is manufactured using Samsung’s 4nm process node. Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is a great chipset, by no doubt, but it has been running into issues now and then, and there have been doubts if Samsung’s 4nm fabrication process could be the reason behind these issues. Now, Qualcomm is opting for a different approach by going with TSMC for the upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+.

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A recent report from OnSiteGo, citing tipster Yogesh Brar, suggests that Qualcomm could introduce the snapdragon Gen 1+ chipset (SM8475) in early May this year. The report further suggests that the ‘+’ iteration of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset will be based on the 4nm fabrication process from TSMC. A fun fact, the A15 Bionic is built on TSMC’s 4nm process node. Some experts say that TSMC’s 4nm fabrication process is more efficient than Samsung’s 4nm process node.

Lenovo, Motorola, Xiaomi and OnePlus will bring the first batch of Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ smartphones

The report says that smartphone manufacturers have already had their hands on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+. Lenovo, Motorola, OnePlus, and Xiaomi will be releasing the first batch of Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ smartphones starting June. For now, Motorola Frontier 2022Xiaomi 12 Ultra and OnePlus 10 Ultra are expected to debut with the new chipset in the first half of 2022.

It is being also reported that Qualcomm will be releasing new Snapdragon 7 series chipsets around the same time. We don’t know much about these chips, but Qualcomm has already handed out the chips to manufacturers. So, we expect these new chipsets to start showing up in different certifications soon.