I must confess that I didn’t quite “get” the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 as soon as I heard about it. It’s a super powerful new chipset from Qualcomm that will be coming to Android phones towards the end of 2022, it’s a small step up from the 8 Gen 1 already seen in the OnePlus 10 Pro, Xiaomi 12 and Members of the Samsung Galaxy S22 family launched in the United States.
Highlight features include 10% faster CPU performance, 10% faster GPU clock speeds, and 20% better AI power efficiency – and if your eyes widened when you started reading this, we don’t care. don’t want. It’s not exactly a sexy new smartphone component, and it really is the definition of an “incremental upgrade”.
But that doesn’t even matter – tech fans know that Apple’s Bionic chips are still significantly faster than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon rivals, and as a die-hard Android fan, even I’ll admit that the iPhone 14 will likely have one of its Android contemporaries beat out in terms of sheer power.
However, reading more about the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 specs reminded me that while this doesn’t lead to more powerful phones than the iPhone 14, that’s not all that’s important.
While chipsets are largely important to a smartphone’s processing power, letting you play games or edit videos without lag or stutter, that’s not all they do.
For example, let’s look at the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1’s camera support. The chip supports capturing to a 108MP camera with no shutter lag, or three 36MP snappers simultaneously with the same lack of lag. Alternatively, you can record 8K HDR videos or 10-bit photos and videos, or make the most of many specific tools such as noise reduction and AI face detection.
Another example is in the display – the chip supports QHD+ resolution and 144Hz refresh rate simultaneously, a combination that would fry a lesser chip.
So while the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 isn’t technically as powerful as Apple’s next chip, it has the features to make up for it.
The iPhone 14 problem
I’ll be very surprised if the iPhone 14 has a 108MP camera or a 144Hz QHD+ display – Apple doesn’t often go for flashy specs like these. In fact, some rumors suggest it won’t get a new chipset at all this year (although the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max apparently will).
Even though it or its Pro sibling are the most powerful phones on the market, that’s not enough, because processing power isn’t everything. In fact, the power is not so important.
You’d think you’d need a lot of power to play high-end games, but they work so well on a mid-range phone that you don’t need a powerful one to enjoy Call of Duty Mobile or PUBG New State. In fact, for some of these games I’d even recommend a mid-powered phone – they don’t overheat as quickly.
Phones just don’t have to be too powerful. Thus, the bundles of processing power that iPhones have largely lost.
You know what wouldn’t be wasted? A QHD+ 144Hz display – which would look great and actually make a demonstrable change for gaming. The ability to take 108MP photos without your phone stuttering would also be nice, so you can take lots of high-resolution shots in quick succession that you edit later.
Even though iPhone 14 has the most powerful processor in the whole world, it is still not enough because without useful features and flashy specs, it still won’t compete with the best Android mobiles coming out at the same time.