Why it’s better to wait before buying an Android smartphone

The purchase of a new smartphone should not be taken lightly, even more so when announcements are likely to shake the market. We explain to you why it might be worth waiting a little longer before switching your smartphone.

Do you want to change your smartphone? This is probably not the best time to do it. If many items can lead to premature renewal of your equipment (breakage, theft, loss, etc.), you may simply want to switch dairies or opt for a more efficient model. In this article, we explain to you why it can be interesting to wait… unless you come across an excellent deal.

New Snapdragon chips are a game changer

You will not want to miss it, Qualcomm has just introduced new SoCs for smartphones. The most anticipated is Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 which will logically replace the current Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Qualcomm has once again surprised by the name of its “refresh” chip, but this is not the only benefit of this chip stamped “+”.

Qualcomm promises remarkable improvements this year, which should forget about the issues with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Powerful, this SoC has been outfitting many high-end or premium smartphones since the beginning of the year. Several of these models have gone through our hands, and one of the problems with the flagship Android devices released in 2022 is their heat tendency. This varies from model to model depending on the manufacturer’s choice, but this error tends to cause performance or battery life issues.

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Models aimed at top performance struggling to stay cool ; others act a little reluctantly to prevent overheating. However, smartphones do not like heat and it is at this point that Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 hopes to stand out. The premium chip retains most of the features of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, however promises the best in terms of performance and especially autonomy.As usual, Qualcomm is taking advantage of the arrival of a “+” chip to announce a 10% increase in performance and 30% higher energy efficiency compared to the previous generation.

Less heating and more autonomy

This last item is probably the most interesting because it has one very visible influence on autonomye. In fact, Qualcomm ensures that users will be able to watch 80 minutes of extra streaming videos or browse social networks for an additional 50 minutes. On the telephone call side, the autonomy increases by more than 5 hours, while the audio playback increases to kl. Interesting numbers that Qualcomm owes its optimizations, but not only.

To improve its SoC, Qualcomm has decided to abandon Samsung in favor of TSMC. Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 remains engraved in 4 nmbut the Taiwanese company’s engraving is more efficient than its South Korean counterpart.

As you probably understand, the new SoC dedicated to advanced smartphones from Qualcomm brings interesting improvements. In addition comes the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 from the third quarter of 2022 on more smartphones, or during the summer. Many manufacturers have already emerged.

The first smartphones are coming this summer

Even before the announcement, we could expect that Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 will equip a good portion of the advanced terminals in the second half of the year. Qualcomm has confirmed this many builders have planned to use this chip. We especially note the presence of Asus for its ROG, Black Shark, Honor, Motorola, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Redmi, Vivo or Xiaomi range.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
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Shortly after the presentation brands have expressed themselves. We have compiled the list of the first smartphones to be equipped with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. We find, for example, Realme GT Master Explorer Edition and Asus ROG Phone 6, as well as future models from Xiaomi or OnePlus. As for the latter, it would be the OnePlus 10 Ultra.

Motorola has also decided to position itself by announcing the presence of Qualcomm’s latest SoC in the Razr 3. The Lenovo brand is also likely to integrate this chip into its future premium smartphone, the Frontier.

Do we really have to wait?

As it is and unless you need to change your phone, it may be relevant to the buyer to wait for this new generation of smartphones. If Qualcomm’s promises are confirmed, we can see more efficient and durable smartphones. They will also benefit from the very latest innovations in the sector, as this SoC is rather intended for advanced models.

In case of disappointment, units launched earlier this year may remain safe bets. Moreover prices may start to fall and it is possible to make good trades. This point should not be overlooked and can strengthen the quality-price ratio for certain models.

What if my budget is tight?

Finally, smartphones with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 may exceed your budget. In this case Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 could convince you by taking place in more accessible models. Always engraved by Samsung, it also brings its share of news and emphasizes security.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
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It is the first SoC in its class to be Trust Management Engine validated and Android Ready SE (Secure Elements) certified. A nice technical sheet for a chip that should make its debut even before Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. We are waiting for that before 30 June at Xiaomi, Oppo or Honor.

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