We already used the first Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 super phone

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.

(Image credit: Alex Dobie / Android Central)

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”.

(Image credit: Alex Dobie / Android Central)

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.

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