Several reports in recent weeks have suggested that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus will be released sooner than its plus-branded predecessors. Now, the Weibo stalwart Digital Chat Station claims that it will be released in May 2021. Smartphones powered by the SoC are scheduled to arrive next month (June 2022).

The Qualcomm chip is expected to make its debut alongside a Motorola-branded flagship, most likely the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra. Samsung’s future foldable, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4, as well as Oppo’s yet-to-be-named smartphone with a clamshell form factor, will all be powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus.

Given its dearth of appearances on testing platforms, nothing is known about the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus’ internals. If previous releases are any indication, the primary Cortex-X2 core’s clock speed will be increased while the rest of the system remains mostly the same. However, because the CPU core is famously power-demanding, Qualcomm may have to compromise some performance to meet thermal requirements.

Digital Chat Station also mentions that the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 will be released after the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus, but does not provide a date. Its debut Geekbench showing was a flop, mainly because it was pre-production hardware running unoptimized software.

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