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The first Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 promotional videos tout its camera, GPU, AI and audio improvements

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset has just been revealed, and smartphone makers are already gearing up to release a new premium phone with the flagship chip. What is the chip all about? You can watch the first official promotional video, though it requires some explanation.

The video doesn’t say it, but it does feature a triple 18-bit ISP that can handle three 36MP cameras simultaneously. Also, the new AI can divide the image into face, hair, background, etc. to improve portrait mode results.

Next up, water reflections — Qualcomm is the latest smartphone chip maker to adopt hardware-accelerated ray tracing. It’s the “next big thing” in console graphics, for example, and it should start showing up in mobile games as well.

The video doesn’t give raw numbers, so we’ll repeat it here – 8th Gen offers up to 35% higher CPU performance and up to 40% better efficiency, plus 25% higher GPU performance and up to 45% higher efficiency (compared to 8th Gen). the first).

Anyway, after the ray tracing, the video dives into the topic of audio, but for more on that, there’s the second promotional video. The latest Snapdragon Sound System natively supports spatial audio for an immersive listening and gaming experience.

Speaking of audio, Bluetooth LE Audio is supported (so far Bluetooth audio is based on pre-LE technology). The FastConnect 7800 system of the new chip also offers lossless audio and a low-latency mode (it drops to 48ms).

Incidentally, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is among the first chipsets to support Wi-Fi 7 (802.11be). You can’t even buy Wi-Fi 7 routers yet, but once you do, your phone’s internet speeds at home will be upgraded, too.