Snapdragon: watch out for this little extra that changes the game on smartphones | TechBuzz

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Usually, the Plus version of the Snapdragon chips just nicely improves performance and that’s it. The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 breaks with this habit and proves to be a much better choice than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

OnePlus 10T (23)

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When we advise you on tech purchases, we always try to highlight the lines of demarcation that exist between one product and another. LCD or Oled screen for a smartphone or a television, fast or slow charge, rotation or torque sensor for an electric bicycle, etc.

This article follows this objective by insisting on a very specific point: if you have to choose between a phone with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, always choose the 8+ Gen 1. We explain why.

It’s hot, it’s burning

At the start of the year, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 quickly established itself as a monster of power, shamelessly gobbling its competitors on synthetic benchmarks. But there was a problem that all the tests revealed: the heating was at best rather annoying, at worst inadmissible.

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Some smartphones that we tested unfortunately paid the price. We also tend to be even more fussy about chips in the high-end segment, since these are devices intended to be used over a very long time, given the investment they represent. .

However, a chip that heats up inevitably leads to a battery that heats up. And batteries don’t like it at all. It is the assurance of ending up with a device whose autonomy is greatly reduced after one or two years. In addition, the heat released by the chip brings another even more pressing problem: in the event of a heat wave for example, or if you use your phone to play, it can simply become unusable. On products at 800 euros or more, this is a stain.

A little extra and everything changes

Fortunately, a suitor comes to get us out of this thorny situation. Its name: the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (the difference is subtle). For the past few weeks, we have started to accumulate tests of phones that are equipped with it. And the difference is noticeable to say the least.

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OnePlus 10T (24)

Already, we easily notice that the Plus chip tends to display lower scores than the basic one. Judge instead with the OnePlus 10 Pro, under Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and its counterpart, the OnePlus 10T under 8+ Gen 1.

ModelOnePlus 10 ProOnePlus 10T
AnTuTu 9 811491 754073
AnTuTu CPU 150160 126624
AnTuTu GPU 414403 416631
AnTuTu MEM 117469 100661
AnTuTu UX 129459 110157
PC Mark 3.0 11425 10443
3DMark Wild Life 9659 N/C
3DMark Wild Life framerate moyen 57.80 FPS N/C
3DMark Wild Life Extreme N/C 2696
3DMark Wild Life Extreme framerate moyen N/C 16 FPS
GFXBench Aztec Vulkan/Metal high (onscreen / offscreen) 59 / 47 FPS 60 / 47 FPS
GFXBench Car Chase (onscreen / offscreen) 60 / 96 FPS 60 / 97 FPS
GFXBench Manhattan 3.0 (onscreen / offscreen) 60 / 229 FPS 60 / 218 FPS
Sequential Read/Write 1531 / 1207 Mo/s 1637 / 1108 Mo/s
Random read/write 66244 / 67250 IOPS 23462 / 67117 IOPS

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ModelAsus Zenfone 9Oppo Find X5 ProXiaomi 12 Pro
AnTuTu 9 1085542 855644 967591
AnTuTu CPU 255974 171555 219760
AnTuTu GPU 468392 436545 424956
AnTuTu MEM 181036 120533 164789
AnTuTu UX 180140 127011 158086
PC Mark 3.0 16292 11416 12979
3DMark Wild Life N/C 9771 7129
3DMark Wild Life framerate moyen N/C 58.50 FPS 43 FPS
3DMark Wild Life Extreme 2776 N/C N/C
3DMark Wild Life Extreme framerate moyen 16.6 FPS N/C N/C
GFXBench Aztec Vulkan/Metal high (onscreen / offscreen) 67 / 51 FPS 59 / 47 FPS 58 / 44 FPS
GFXBench Car Chase (onscreen / offscreen) 89 / 103 FPS 60 / 95 FPS 73 / 91 FPS
GFXBench Manhattan 3.0 (onscreen / offscreen) 119 / 258 FPS N/C 121 / 233 FPS
Sequential Read/Write 1955 / 1453 Mo/s 1558 / 1216 Mo/s 1827 / 1444 Mo/s
Random read/write 94123 / 125455 IOPS 74053 / 69400 IOPS 79899 / 105473 IOPS