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Expect more "AI" functions on phones next year

by on07 September 2022

Flagship features to midrange devices 

Next year should see Qualcomm’s next generation of mobile processors help bring flagship features to more midrange devices.

The Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 and the Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 have "AI enhancements" and hardware to support 5G. We say AI enhancements but really it is just a cool way of saying better features. It is not as if your phone is going to achieve sentience and start searching for Sara Conner.

For example, the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 can shoot pictures at up to 200 megapixels and HDR video capture. The “intuitive AI assistance” that is being pushed is limited to suggesting apps and settings based on your activity -- useful but hardly AI. AI would buzz in your pocket if it sensed a good picture could be taken, take it without you having to aim, crop it and enhance it and then send it to all the friends on your list who you think might be interested in seeing you doing that particular activity.

Qualcomm says the SoC’s (system on a chip) CPU performs up to 40 percent better than the Snapdragon 695 it released last year, while its GPU performs up to 35 percent better.

The Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 promises multiday battery life,  AI voice assistance and the capability to take up to 108-megapixel photos.

The Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 can tap into both mmWave and sub-6Ghz 5G for faster connectivity — the 4-series chip is limited to sub-6GHz only. The Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 is the only one of the two that can use the improved Wi-Fi 6E standard, as the 4 Gen 1 is stuck with the older Wi-Fi 5.

While the AI lable is over done, these are still good chips. Qualcomm has not released midrange chips for nearly a year and that was just a name change.

The Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 is expected to come out by the end of this year, while the 6 Gen 1 is supposed to arrive at the beginning of 2023. Google's Tensor chip will be out long before that.


Last modified on 07 September 2022
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