Just in time for the start of the school year, the American founder Qualcomm presented its two new SoCs for the most affordable smartphones. After introducing the 8 Gen 1 and 7 Gen 1 platforms last year, the company continues its momentum with two newcomers, 6 Gen 1 and 4 Gen 1.
The announcement of the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 is not a surprise since at the end of August, its technical sheet completely leaked on Twitter through EvLeaks. Engraving in 4 nm, new 5G modem or wifi 6E, the novelties are present for this new platform which is based in part on the 7 Gen 1 version. To find out more, find the article that we had dedicated to it.
The Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 is necessarily the less well off of the two, but still risks offering a good boost to the smartphones that will be equipped with it. It is an engraving in 6 nm which is proposed, where the old generation was satisfied with 8 nm. Qualcomm announces a performance gain of around 15% on the CPU and 10% on the GPU. A modest increase, but which should still do good on the entry level. Support for 108-megapixel photos makes its appearance, as on the 6 Gen 1. On the other hand, the possibility of filming in 4K is absent. The platform prefers to focus on 1080p at 60 fps. The screen resolution supported is FH+ or HD+, which we generally find on entry-level and mid-range phones.
On the connection, the new SoC embeds a 5G X51 modem (with download speeds of up to 2.5 Gb/s) and supports wifi 5 (802.11ac, 802.11a/b/g/n) as well as Bluetooth 5.2. Too bad Qualcomm did not see fit to offer wifi 6 to its processor. Like the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1, this 4 Gen 1 offers QuickCharge 4+ for optimized and faster charging.
The availability of the Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 should not delay any longer, since it has been indicated that the chip should be found in certain smartphones coming out at the end of the year. For the 6 Gen 1 platform, it will be necessary to wait until 2023. Motorola has already indicated that it will use the chip in its G range, without giving further details.