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Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 leaks: A big step forward for budget phones?

Notable upgrades here include 4K HDR support, machine learning silicon, and a 4nm design.

Published onAugust 29, 2022

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  • A veteran leaker has apparently revealed that the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 is coming.
  • The leaker also posted specs and features related to the new chipset.

Qualcomm recently rebranded its latest Snapdragon 800 and Snapdragon 700 series chipsets, opting for Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 branding instead. Now, it looks like the company is working on a new Snapdragon 600 series SoC, and it’s getting the new naming convention too.

Reliable tipster Evan Blass has posted a leaked screenshot apparently showing the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 specifications and features. Check out the image below.

Qualcomm doesn’t readily disclose CPU details for its chipsets, so we’re not surprised to only see mention of it being a 2.2GHz CPU in the screenshot. Otherwise, there’s also an unnamed Adreno GPU on board.

Still, there are plenty of other details to glean from the screenshot. For one, the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 is tipped to arrive with 4K HDR recording capabilities. This would be a major upgrade over the Snapdragon 695, which topped out at 1080p/60fps recording. The chipset will also apparently land with a 4nm design, compared to the Snapdragon 695’s 6nm manufacturing process.

Other notable specs include a Hexagon Tensor Accelerator for improved machine learning, a Snapdragon X62 modem with mmWave and sub-6GHz support, Smart Transmit 2.0 power-saving tech, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6E, 120Hz at FHD+ resolution, and Quick Charge 4 Plus.

There’s no word on when this chipset will officially be revealed or when it’ll land in commercially available phones. But it nevertheless looks like mid-range phones will get a welcome bump over previous Snapdragon 600 series SoCs.

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