Yesterday, Qualcomm officially unveiled the mid-range Snapdragon 6 generation 1 and Snapdragon 4 generation 1 chips. Snapdragon 6 generation 1 is produced based on the 4nm process; While the more economical Snapdragon 4 generation 1 model still uses the 6nm production process. According to forecasts, the first devices equipped with Snapdragon 6 generation 1 chip will be launched in the first 3 months of 2023; But gadgets equipped with Snapdragon 4 generation 1 chip will be introduced in the third quarter of 2022.
Unfortunately, Qualcomm has not shared the full specifications of these chips with the audience. So at the moment we only know that the frequency of the main cores in the Snapdragon 6 generation 1 chip will increase to a maximum of 2.2 GHz: while the maximum processing frequency for the Snapdragon 4 generation 1 chip is equal to 2.0 GHz. Both chips are equipped with 8 processing cores; But the architecture and the number of cores with high efficiency and high energy efficiency have not been announced separately. Also, there is no mention of Adreno GPU version used in these 2 new chips.
Qualcomm has just announced that the 1st generation Snapdragon 6 chip promises a 35% improvement in graphics performance and a 40% jump in computing efficiency. However, it is not clear on what reference these figures were announced. On the other hand, the American giant claims that the Snapdragon 4 generation 1 chip will use CPU with 15% higher processing power and GPU with 10% more power. It seems that this comparison is made with Snapdragon 480 or 480 Plus chips; Because at the current stage, these models are the only Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 series chips.
The 1st generation Snapdragon 6 chip is equipped with a 12-bit ISP (Image Signal Processor) called Spectra Triple. This ISP supports HDR image recording and 200 megapixel camera sensors. In addition, HDR video recording is also supported. This chip is equipped with some advanced capabilities in the field of artificial intelligence and uses Qualcomm’s seventh generation artificial intelligence engine. This feature will help create better bokeh effects, improve overall imaging performance, and optimize energy.
Snapdragon 6 generation 1 chip supports Wi-Fi 6E connection and contains the fourth generation of Snapdragon X62 5G modem. Qualcomm’s artificial intelligence engine is also used in the Snapdragon 4 generation 1 chip; But this engine is not the latest version offered by Qualcomm. The new hardware can now support 120Hz displays with Full HD+ resolution and variable shading rates.
Spectra Triple ISP in Snapdragon 4 generation 1 chip adjusts the noise level in images by using multi-frame noise reduction technology and supports 108 megapixel cameras. Snapdragon X51 5G modem supports 5G connection; But this time there is no more Wi-Fi connection of 6E. The 1st generation Snapdragon 4 chip will be used in the upcoming iQOO brand smartphone known as Z6 Lite. This handset will be available in global markets before the end of the third quarter of this year; The period until the end of which there are about 3 more weeks left.