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Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus Launching with TSMC’s 4nm Process

Qualcomm is reportedly working on Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus, the successor to its non-Plus variant that launched in December 2021. There is a suggestion that the US chipmaker will launch the enhanced SoC in May, as per the regular tipster Yogesh Brar.

Brar’s claims have strong credibility as his timeline aligns with Qualcomm’s 5G summit happening from May 9 to 11. He also claims the chipmaker will announce new Snapdragon 700-chipsets, for budget phones at the same time.

Brar shared some intriguing details about the upgrade to the SD8G1+ SoC. Apparently, the US semiconductor will use TSMC’s 4nm fabrication on the Plus variant contrary to the suggestion of preferring Samsung’s. This could be to alleviate heating issues some section of smartphone users have experienced on the flagship chipset.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Source: Qualcomm

So far there are not many details about the coming upgrade to the Gen 1 Plus chipset. But the leaks reveal that it will have the model number SM8475 against its predecessor Snapdragon 8 Gen 1‘s SM8450. But the Plus variants don’t bring much with Qualcomm’s SoCs, historically speaking. So we might not be seeing noticeable upgrades over the current flag bearer.

What we know is that TSMC’s 4nm fabrication on it will drive down heating issues to some extent. We can also expect slightly better clock speeds and faster AI processing.

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First adopters of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus SoC

If the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus does launch in May, many smartphone OEMs will fit it into their devices as early as June. Let’s take a look below:

Lenovo:
Lenovo Legion Phone with the codename ‘Halo’ could be an early adopter for Qualcomm’s upcoming flagship SoC.

Motorola:
Codenamed ‘Frontier’ could also get its immense power from Qualcomm’s next flagship chipset.

OnePlus:

Likewise, OnePlus is working on the OnePlus 10 ‘Ultra’ Pro. The phone is slated for a September launch and could feature the powerhouse Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus beneath the hood.

Xiaomi:

Chinese global leader is launching its Xiaomi 12 Ultra flagship this year. It is very likely, the smartphone will carry the footprint of Qualcomm’s mightiest SoC arsenal for performance.

Samsung:

Despite being a chipmaker, Samsung regularly resorts to Snapdragon chipsets on large units of its phones. The company’s next-in-line Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4 coming later this year could feature Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ SoC.

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That is all we know so far about the SD8G1+ SoC. When we have more, we will keep you updated here. Meanwhile, you can share with us how does your Snapdragon SoC perform for you, in relation to heating, camera, and gaming segments. Let us know in the comments below.

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