Every year, Qualcomm releases the slightly enhanced version of its Snapdragon 8 gen chip. This year is going to be no exception. And though there have been tons of rumors concerning the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus chip, until today, we have had no idea when the first model will appear on the shelves. Today, through PhoneArena, we learned that the first smartphone powered by this chip ought to come in early July. As said and as the name suggests, it will be the follow-up model to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the company’s current flagship SoC. So most likely, the flagship phones coming in the second half of the year will be equipped with it.
Last batch of phones with SD888 & 8 Gen 1 will rollout by early July.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ phones will start rolling in from next month. Can see 6-8 phones using it right now, biggest release will be Galaxy Fold 4, OnePlus Ultra, Xiaomi 12 series, X80 Pro+, Moto Frontier & more
— Yogesh Brar (@heyitsyogesh) May 10, 2022
In fact, PhoneArena quoted a Twitter user Yogesh Brar, who has been always known for his accurate leaks and reliable information. In a new tweet, he said that the expected release date for the first batch of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus phones is July. Moreover, there are currently up to 6 models being tested. Particularly, this chipset will appear in the Galaxy Fold 4, OnePlus Ultra, Xiaomi 12 series, X80 Pro+, Moto Frontier, and many more.
The thing is that almost all industries are suffering from a semiconductors shortage problem. It’s related not only to the war in Ukraine but also because of the new outbreak of COVID-19. As a result, many big names from various fields have already canceled some products. In this sense, it’s a bit difficult to imagine how Qualcomm is going to supply this already-popular chip to so many manufacturers.
Anyway, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus is going to be a true beast. Though many parameters will remain unchanged, this time, Qualcomm will use TSMC’s 4nm process node instead of Samsung’s 4nm process. This should drive better power consumption and heat dissipation. There will also be some minor changes in both CPU and GPU performance.
By the way, MediaTek won’t fall behind. It’s already prepared the Dimensity 9000 Plus, which will be the closest rival of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus. Though the Taiwanese chip maker is working hard to make tough competition to the American firm, at the moment, almost all premium smartphones in the Android camp prefer Qualcomm’s chips.