Usually, the Plus version of Snapdragon chips just improves performance and that’s it. The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 breaks this habit and proves to be a much better option than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
When we advise you on technology purchases, we always try to highlight the lines of demarcation that exist between one product and another. LCD or Oled screen for a smartphone or a television, fast or slow charging, gyro or torque sensor for an electric bicycle, etc.
This article follows this goal by insisting on a very specific point: if you have to choose between a phone with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, always choose the 8+ Gen 1. We explain why.
It’s hot, it’s burning
Earlier in the year, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 quickly established itself as a power monster, unabashedly gobbling up its competitors in synthetic benchmarks. But there was a problem that all the tests revealed: the heating was, at best, quite annoying, at worst, unacceptable.
Unfortunately, some smartphones we tested paid the price. We also tend to be even more picky about chips from the high-end segment, since these are devices designed to be used for a long time, given the investment they entail.
However, a hot chip inevitably leads to a hot battery. And batteries don’t like it at all. It is the security of ending up with a device whose autonomy is greatly reduced after one or two years. In addition, the heat that the chip releases brings another even more pressing problem: in the event of a heat wave, for example, or if you use your phone to play games, it may simply become unusable. In products of 800 euros or more, this is a stain.
A little more and everything changes
Fortunately, a suitor arrives to get us out of this thorny situation. The name of it: the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (the difference is subtle). Over the last few weeks we have started to accumulate tests of phones that are equipped with it. And the difference is remarkable to say the least.
We already easily notice that the Plus chip tends to show lower scores than the basic one. Judge instead with OnePlus 10 Pro, with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and its counterpart, OnePlus 10T with 8+ Gen 1.
|Model||OnePlus 10 Pro||OnePlus 10T|
|PC 3.0 Brand||11425||10443|
|3DMark Wild Life Average Frame Rate||57.80FPS||N/A|
|3DMark Wildlife Extreme||N/A||2696|
|3DMark Wild Life Extreme Average Frame Rate||N/A||16FPS|
|GFXBench Aztec Vulkan/Metal high (onscreen/offscreen)||59 / 47FPS||60 / 47FPS|
|GFXBench Car Chase (on screen/off screen)||60 / 96FPS||60 / 97FPS|
|GFXBench Manhattan 3.0 (on screen/off screen)||60 / 229FPS||60 / 218FPS|
|Random Read/Write||66244/67250 IOPS||23462/67117 IOPS|
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However, whoever says a lower score is probably saying a chip that is less looking to outperform than to function effectively. Of course, this is not an immutable rule, the Asus ZenFone 9 with the 8 Plus Gen 1 dominates its world against the Xiaomi 12 Pro and another Oppo Find X5 Pro under the 8 Gen 1.
|Model||asus zenfone 9||Oppo Find X5 Pro||Xiaomi 12 Pro|
|PC 3.0 Brand||16292||11416||12979|
|3DMark Wild Life Average Frame Rate||N/A||58.50FPS||43FPS|
|3DMark Wildlife Extreme||2776||N/A||N/A|
|3DMark Wild Life Extreme Average Frame Rate||16.6fps||N/A||N/A|
|GFXBench Aztec Vulkan/Metal high (onscreen/offscreen)||67 / 51FPS||59 / 47FPS||58 / 44FPS|
|GFXBench Car Chase (on screen/off screen)||89 / 103FPS||60 / 95FPS||73 / 91FPS|
|GFXBench Manhattan 3.0 (on screen/off screen)||119 / 258FPS||N/A||121 / 233FPS|
|Random Read/Write||94123/125455 IOPS||74053/69400 IOPS||79899/105473 IOPS|
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But in all our tests, including those of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4 that are still being written, we see the best in heating, but also in autonomy, although it is difficult to distinguish the impact of the chip and the optimizations made. by manufacturers.
An anomaly that can be explained
Usually, the Plus versions of Snapdragons don’t excite the crowds and Tech editorial staff that much. The Snapdragon 888 has never been outshone by its Plus version. This is due to the fact that Plus chips are usually content to slightly increase the power without touching the chip architecture. Here, Qualcomm turned to a different foundry, TSMC instead of Samsung Foundry. And that, it seems, changed everything.
What about 8 Gen 2?
Reading through all of this, you might be wondering if this rule will apply to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. with more reason, if you think you will be in a buying process next year. Unfortunately, it is impossible to answer him at the time these lines are being written. Qualcomm has yet to reveal its next batch of high-end chips.
However, if that fails, we can give you two things to keep an eye on. Already, the announcement of the next Qualcomm chip will take place between November 15 and 17, which should allow you in the following days to see if the same problems arise. Another fact that will have to be watched: take a good look at who is the founder of the chip, that is, the company that is in charge of manufacturing it in practice.
Rumored to be TSMC. If that’s the case, a prioriwith no worries on the horizon. The Taiwanese firm’s manufacturing processes are generally reliable. If it’s Samsung Foundry, maybe wait to see the first tests before jumping on the first phone to come that will be equipped with the 8 Gen 2. The opportunity for us to invite you to always read the tests (preferably the ones from frandroid) before a major purchase.
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