Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (898) relies on a GPU as powerful as that of the A15 Bionic


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Qualcomm is preparing to present its next generation of top-of-the-range SoCs and it seems that it will focus heavily on graphics performance , according to what is learned from the latest rumors. Talking about it is the well-known insider Ice Universe , who seems to suggest that Snapdragon 898 – which should actually be called Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, according to the new nomenclature – should equip a Adreno GPU 730 able to compete on an equal footing with that present in SoC A 15 Apple Bionic , used on all the latest generation iPhones.

Ice Universe also mentions the upcoming Samsung SoC, the much discussed Exynos 2200 which should equip an AMD GPU, for which expectations are very high, but which does not seem to be able to compete on the same level as the two other proposals. Or rather, it will not only be so if it fails to make the most of its potential, but it is not yet clear why this should happen. Looking at the past and the current state of SoCs, the only possible limitation that can come to our mind is temperatures and, consequently, the ability to provide high performance over the long term .

The estimates on the power itself, in fact, now leave the time they find , as this is certainly not the determining factor in the mobile environment . Of course, on the one hand it is true that the market is starting to offer increasingly challenging stocks on the graphic front – as usual Genshin Impact or even the new ones PUBG: New State and Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier -, therefore it is necessary to access GPUs capable of satisfying the demanding demands of the latest generation titles, but on the other hand it is equally true that what really matters is the capacity of the new ones SoC to maintain a certain level of performance over the long term.

Guaranteeing a constant gaming experience, without sudden collapses, is certainly more important than the graphic quality for its own sake , especially if this has an impact extremely negative also on consumption, as well as on performance. It will therefore be interesting to understand if Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will be able to offer an adequate level of power even in the long term , without having to resort to a heavy downlock after a few minutes of play.



We already know that its direct competitor – A 15 Bionic – unable to maintain its peak performance for a long time, but throttled too – especially on the 5 core variant – stands on performance values ​​comparable to the peak values ​​of A 14 of the last generation. Apple, Qualcomm and Samsung must therefore aim to improve this aspect of their SoCs , or long-term sustainability, in order to provide new stable power levels in the time and not just peaks that are useful only for comparisons on paper.

Of course this is not just about the SoC – even if its architecture is the production process are fundamental bases from which to start -, but also the dissipation systems adopted by the various manufacturers, which are now playing an essential role in guaranteeing reliability and consistency over the long term. We therefore await Qualcomm’s December presentation to learn more about its next chip.


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