Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset during the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2021 held yesterday in Hawaii. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is the next chipset following the Snapdragon 888 and 888 Plus. Qualcomm decided to rename the chipsets going forward, and these will adopt the new sequence: Gen 2, Gen 3 and so on.

The new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset makes a giant leap for gaming mobile devices introducing updatable GPU Drivers, and many other features:

  • 90 FPS / 120FPS / 144 FPS settings
  • True 10-bit HDR
  • Game Smoother
  • Game Color Plus
  • Desktop Rendering
  • Game Quick Touch
  • Qualcomm Adreno Fast Blend
  • Image based VRS (Variable Rate Shading Pro)
  • Volumetric Rendering
  • Screen Space Ambient Occlusion
  • Custom Engine Optimizations — includes Unreal Engine 5, Unity and Snapdragon Studios
  • Temporal Anti-Aliasing – 50% performance gains on Snapdragon over the standard UE4 implementation
  • Adreno Frame Motion Engine
  • Snapdragon Game Toolkit
  • 5G Modem-RF / WiFi 6 and 6E
  • 4nm process technology
  • Snapdragon sound
  • Trust Management Engine
  • Always-on Camera
  • Snapdragon Sight: 18-bit ISP; 4096x more camera data, 3.2 Gigapixels per sec; 8K HDR video capture; 5x better night mode; Bokeh Engine: 4K Video capture; Super Video resolution
  • AI Engine

Phones will come with an Adreno Control Panel where you can customize several settings:

  • FPS Cap: 30, 45, 60, 90, 120
  • Resolution: 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
  • Anisotropic Filtering (AF): 1X, 2X, 4X, 8X, 16X
  • MSAA 1X / 4X / 16X settings
  • Texture Filtering Quality: High Speed / Balanced / High Quality
  • GFX Driver Parameter Optimization
  • Power Modes: Default, Save Power, Balanced, High Quality, Custom Setup
  • Download Updated GPU Driver
  • More Settings tab: unknown

The Qualcomm Adreno GPU in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset gets a 30% Boost in graphic rendering capabilities compared to its predecessor Snapdragon 888; 25% Power savings improvements; and 60% faster speeds with Vulkan Graphics drivers.


So far the following have been announced:

The Snapdragon Tech Summit 2021 was livestream, and you can watch it here. If you wish to watch only the portion pertaining to Gaming, skip to around 3:37:00 or press the video embed below which starts there.

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