Qualcomm has released the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip for flagship smartphones in 2022. And as expected, phone makers are jumping onboard to use this chip. Some phone makers have made their interest known via official statements.
Others are still a silent officially but we have a list of phone makers that will be first to use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in their smartphones.
At least, two smartphone makers may launch phones that is powered by this chip in 2021. The battle to be the first right now seems to be between Xiaomi and Motorola.
The Founder and CEO of Xiaomi, Mr. Lei Jun confirmed on twitter that Xiaomi will use the newly released Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in its Xiaomi 12 line up. According to his tweet, this device will be the first device to be powered by chip.
Mr Lei Jun didn’t reveal much details about the device itself but rumors has it that the phone might debut on December 12 2021.
While we are yet to know the date for the launch of Xiaomi 12, Motorola has confirmed that it’ll launch the Moto Edge X30 on December 9 2021. And this Motorola phone will be powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip.
This means, Motorola might be the first phone maker to launch a phone using the new chip. Well, except Xiaomi will launch its phone before December 9.
Realme has also confirmed that its Realme GT 2 Pro will feature the newly released Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip. No release date has been confirmed yet but we expect the device to debut in late December 2021 or early January 2022.
Samsung has always been known to use Qualcomm flagship chips to power their top end flagship smartphone. The Galaxy A22 is likely to rock the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 under the hood (there might be an Exynos version also). But, this device is not expected to see the light of day until early 2022.
Other phone makers who have said they’ll use the new chip are; OnePlus, OPPO, IQOO, and ZTE in its Nubia Z and Axon smartphones.
Overall, there are about 8 phone makers who’d be the first to use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Mobile platform in smartphones. Motorola and Xiaomi are ahead of the pack with Realme and Samsung not too far behind.