Qualcomm today officially announced the latest revision of its Snapdragon 8 platform, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which features performance improvements across the board and efficiency gains of up to 30% over the 8 Gen 1 base model.
The new platform will appear in flagship phones from big names like OnePlus, Honor, and Xiaomi in the coming months, and it is also rumored to be used in Samsung’s fourth generation foldable phone. So this chip is likely to power some of the best Android phones in late 2022.
Thanks to the ASUS ROG (Republic of Gamers) branding, Android Central got an early look at the new chip, in the form of the engineering device ROG SM8475 – a next-generation ASUS ROG phone powered by the Snapdragon 8+ 1st generation processor. The hardware itself, as its name suggests , engineering sample, and will not be available for purchase. But from appearances alone, it is very clear that this device will form the basis of the ROG Phone 6.
Since this is a very early sample, we’re limited in what we can share of the ASUS Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 prototype. ASUS does not allow any software features of the phone to be revealed yet, but we are allowed to talk about the external surface of the device.
The chassis itself feels like a continuation of last year’s ROG aesthetics, with beveled borders, dual USB-C ports, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Around the back, a translucent panel – “Designed by ROG Lab” – gives us a glimpse into the phone’s interior. There are no rear cameras installed on this model (although * * * a rear flashlight, for what it’s worth). Instead, the camera module is replaced with a piece of glass to remind you that you are using “secret equipment”.
Interestingly, unlike previous ROG phones, the device appears airtight, without any cooling grilles exposing the phone’s internals. There is also a rubber gasket attached to the SIM card tray.
We were also able to run a variety of benchmarks on the device, showing off the raw performance on display when the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is paired with a gaming-focused chassis and heat dissipation capabilities. Since this is an ASUS ROG device, a direct apple-to-apple comparison with the previous 8th generation isn’t really possible. Last year’s ROG Phone 5S Pro used the Snapdragon 888 Plus platform, while most Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 phones likely won’t offer the same level of thermal performance as the ASUS-engineered hardware.
So take these OnePlus 10 Pro comparisons with a pinch of salt – they’re designed to give an overall impression of the performance improvements in Qualcomm’s new platform.
|ASUS ROG SM8475||OnePlus 10 Pro (Performance Mode)|
|Geekbench Single Core||1311||1242|
|Geekbench account (Vulkan)||6388||7318|
|Geekbench Account (OpenCL)||6513||5932|
|3DMark Wild Life Extreme||2796||2557|
|PCMark Work 3.0 performance||16859||13848|
|PCMark 3.0 web review||17227||12489|
|PCMark Video Editing 3.0||7597||5756|
|PCMark Writing 3.0||21732||20843|
|PCMark Photo Editing 3.0.2||37163||35773|
|PCMark 3.0 data processing||12884||9501|
On Geekbench, most high-performance Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 phones manage scores in the 1,200-point range for single-core and 3,800-3900 for multi-core, showing modest gains for the new chip. Meanwhile, in 3DMark, the graphic edge of the ROG device can be seen, which managed to outperform all devices in the intense Wild Life Extreme test, with the exception of the Apple iPhone 13 Pro series. Naturally, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, paired with ASUS heat management, beats the previous generation across the board in PCMark tests.
What are these tests? no The measure, however, is the purported 30% efficiency improvements in the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, thanks in part to the move to the TSMC 4nm process. For many users, the improvements to battery life may be the most significant upgrade of this generation.
For ASUS, the next-generation ROG Phone seems to be shaping up well. There’s no word on when to expect the ROG Phone 6 just yet, but with the slide for ASUS’ upcoming gaming phone now out in the wild, we shouldn’t wait too long.