Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ proves how inefficient Samsung’s manufacturing process is. Clocks higher but 30% more efficient with TSMC

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Yesterday, Qualcomm announced the new flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ and the premium Snapdragon 7 Gen 1.

The Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 is the first non-flagship chipset to implement the new ARMv9 architecture that we saw in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Although we didn’t get the X1 or X2 cores, Qualcomm implemented the more power efficient Cortex-A710 in power on four cores.

When it comes to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+, I would normally write a review article highlighting the small improvements that come with small increases in frequency.

Much more interesting, however, is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+.

Improved performance of Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ compared to Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Yes, it has those frequency improvements, but this year those differences are more significant:

  • The X2 core gets a boost of 0.2 GHz or 6.66% more.
  • The middle three A710 cores get a 0.3 GHz boost, increasing the clock by 12%
  • Even A510 cores get a 0.2GHz boost, an 11.11% improvement
  • To top it off, the Andreno GPU is also clocked 10% higher.

With improvements of around 10% in all areas, you should easily achieve an overall performance of 10%.

Last year the SD888+ saw a tiny improvement with just a 5.46% improvement over the X1 core from 2.84GHz to 2.995GHz. It had also improved AI performance.

30% more efficiency on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus efficiency

The 10% frequency jump isn’t even the most impressive. Qualcomm claims a 30% increase in efficiency.

How is such an improvement possible when Qualcomm has only been able to achieve a tiny increase in performance and no increase in efficiency over the past year?

Quite simply, they went from Samsung’s 4nm manufacturing process to TSMC’s 4nm process. However, I imagine the actual process of doing this wasn’t that easy.

It’s probably no surprise, really. Everyone knew how poor Samsung is compared to TSMC. I’m sure Qualcomm was starting to get very nervous because Mediatek has a flagship chipset with comparable specs but uses TSMC.

I imagine the increased pressure from Mediatek was a major factor in Qualcomm making such a drastic change to an existing chipset.

Samsung really seems quite embarrassed that Qualcomm made such a big change mid-cycle and saw such a big increase in efficiency.


The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ were and still are amazing chipsets. But they also felt a setback for Qualcomm after the excellent Snapdragon 865 due to the reduced battery life in phones with these chipsets.

Of course, it’s still too early to say exactly how much improvement we’ll see with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+, but hopefully Qualcomm is back on form and we’ll see some amazing phones in the second half of this year.

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