Snapdragon 4 and 6 Gen 1 for mid-range smartphones
The SoC family distinguished by the new nomenclature started with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 has been completed by Qualcomm’s announcement of two new chips intended for mid-range handsets. The last two parts, the new Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, then arrive. The most observant people will recall that the first has already been predicted in recent days, but today we are finally given access to all the official information.
SNAPDRAGON 6 GEN 1
So let’s start with the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1, which is the more potent of the two proposals. A SoC made at 4 nm is able to provide up to 40% more performance on the CPU front than the previous generation, while a + 35% increase in graphics performance is recorded, again compared to the SoC of the same previous range, making it possible to access HDR gaming experiences with frame rates that can exceed 60 fps and support for Variable Rate Shading.
Due to the incorporation of a triple 12-bit ISP that supports sensors up to 108 MegaPixels and allows you to shoot with zero shutter lag up to 48 MP, there are also new photographic possibilities. Additionally, it is possible to capture 4K HDR movies at up to 30 frames per second, which was previously only possible with more expensive SoCs.
In terms of connectivity, we find full support for the Qualcomm FastConnect 6700 platform and the modem Snapdragon X62 5G, which is capable of bringing full 5G (even millimetre waves) and Wi-Fi 6E for the first time on the 6 series. This represents an important advancement also in the area of artificial intelligence, where the new seventh generation Qualcomm AI Engine allows performance in this field to be improved by three times compared to the past. There is also Quick Charge 4+ available. The detailed requirements are listed below.
- Production process : 4 nm
- Part number : SM6450
- CPU: Kryo up to 2.2 GHz, 64-bit architecture
- GPU: Adreno, HDR gaming, Vulkan 1.1 API
- Display : FHD + at 120Hz
- Modem: Snapdragon X62 5G, 5G mmWave and sub-6 GHz, SA and NSA, downloads up to 2.9 Gbps
- WiFi: 6E, 802.11ax / 802.11ac / 802.11 a / b / g / n standard, Qualcomm FastConnect 6700
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2 and USB 3.1
- Camera: Up to 108MP, Triple 12-bit ISP, 4K HDR video at 30fps, Slow-mo at 720p and 240fps
- Audio: Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec
- Charging: Quick Charge 4+
- Memory: LPDDR5 support up to 12GB at 2750MHz
Moving on, the 6 nm fabrication technology is making its commercial debut with the Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 chip. Given that we are talking about a 15% boost in CPU performance and a 10% increase in graphics performance compared to the previous generation, the improvements are less noticeable than those provided by Snapdragon 6 Gen 1. (also here with support for VRS).
The new triple ISP, which incorporates Multi Frame noise reduction methods and supports sensors up to 108 MegaPixels, is also found here. Additionally, the Snapdragon X51 5G modem and the FastConnect 6200 platform, which allow for download speeds of up to 2.5 Gbps, enable for the execution of all the systems required for the operation of the always-on voice assistants in the background with extremely little power consumption (millimeter waves are missing). Finally, we draw attention to the fact that Quick Charge 4+ charging technology is supported in this instance. Here are all the details:APDRAGON 4 GEN 1
Production process : 6 nm
Part number : SM4375
CPU: Kryo up to 2 GHz, 64-bit architecture
GPU: Adreno, Vulkan 1.1 API
Display : FHD + at 120Hz
Modem: Snapdragon X51 5G, 5G sub-6 GHz, SA and NSA, downloads up to 2.5 Gbps
WiFi: 802.11ac / 802.11 a / b / g / n standard, Qualcomm FastConnect 6200
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2 and USB 3.1
Camera: Up to 108MP, Triple 12-bit ISP, 1080p video at 60fps, Slow-mo at 720p and 120fps
Audio: Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec
Charging: Quick Charge 4+
Memory: LPDDR4X support up to 2133MHz, eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.2
The Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 will be the first chip to appear on a commercial device, as Qualcomm has confirmed that smartphones using this technology will be available as early as the third quarter of 2022. A first example of this is provided by iQOO, which has predicted that the Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 platform will power its next iQOO Z6 Lite device.
However, the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 will not be available until the first quarter of 2023. Motorola has already stated that it plans to use the platform in the future, but it is not yet known on which models we will be able to find it.