Even if the iPhone 14 is powerful, that’s not enough


For instance, as seen by the Qualcomm 8+ Gen1

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I have to admit that when I first heard about the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, I didn’t entirely get it. OnePlus 10 Pro, Xiaomi 12, and the Samsung Galaxy S22 series, all of which arrived in the United States this year, are expected to use Qualcomm’s upcoming 8 Gen 1 processor, which will arrive in Android phones at the end of 2022.

We understand if your eyes drifted over as soon as you started reading that the flagship features include 10 percent higher CPU performance, 10 percent faster GPU clock speeds, and 20 percent greater AI power efficiency. In other words, it’s an incremental enhancement, not a game-changing new smartphone feature.


No one cares – even die-hard Android enthusiasts like myself would concede that the iPhone 14 will likely outperform any of its Android contemporaries when it comes to raw power. Apple’s Bionic CPUs are always quicker than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon rivals.

Even if the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 won’t provide phones that are faster than the iPhone 14, that isn’t the only thing that matters, as I discovered as I dug deeper into its specifications.

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The loaded chips

In addition to allowing you to play games and edit movies without stutters or delays with the help of a smartphone’s chips, they also play a significant role in other aspects of the device’s performance.


Consider the camera support on the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. A 108MP camera can be used with no shutter lag, or three 36MP cameras can be used at the same time with the same amount of delay. Another option is to make use of advanced features like 8K HDR video recording, 10-bit pictures, and AI face detection.

Also, the CPU is capable of simultaneously supporting QHD+ resolution and 144Hz refresh rate on the display, which would be too much for a lower chip.

Even if the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 isn’t as powerful as Apple’s next CPU, it has enough functionality to compensate for it.

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The iPhone 14 problem

I’ll be shocked if the iPhone 14 comes with a 108-megapixel camera or a QHD+ 144Hz display; Apple doesn’t like to go for flashy specifications like that in its devices. Rumors have it that it won’t get a new processor this year at all (though the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max apparently will).

While it and its Pro sister may be the most powerful smartphones available, processing power alone isn’t enough to make a phone great. In reality, having a lot of authority doesn’t really matter.

Top-end games like Call of Duty Mobile and PUBG New State run so well even in mid-range phones that you don’t need a powerful one to enjoy them. I’d even recommend a mid-powered phone for some of these games because they don’t overheat as rapidly.


Phones don’t have to be overly powerful to be useful. As a result, most of the computing power that iPhones have is wasted.

Among the things that wouldn’t be wasted are: A QHD+ 144Hz display would look beautiful and make a noticeable difference in gaming performance. It would be wonderful if your phone could take 108MP photos without stuttering, allowing you to take a slew of high-resolution photos quickly and edit them later.

No matter how strong the processor is on the iPhone 14, it won’t be able to compete with the greatest Android phones coming out at the same time if it lacks useful features and flashy stats.


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