The next time you get a flagship Android phone, the chip inside it will not be known as the Snapdragon 898 or anything like that as Qualcomm has moved on from confusing numbers to just calling their new chip Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
However, this is not the first generation Snapdragon chipset, as Qualcomm has been making these chipsets since 2012.
TechRadar spoke to Qualcomm and asked them why did they choose to rename the new chips which is projected to debut on phones like Samsung Galaxy S22, OnePlus 10, Xiaomi 12 to name a few.
The New Naming System
The new system will see that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 for the flagship chip and future lower tier chips will be known as Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, or Snapdragon 7 Gen 1.
The change will be Qualcomm’s new standard moving forward, the fact is that the flagship chip will getting the name change first.
Fans of the chip will be glad to know that it is the follow up to the Snapdragon 888
The reason the name change occurred according to Qualcomm’s Vice President of Product Management, Ziad Asghar told TechRadar fans already are aware that the 8 moniker is a sign that the chipset is of the highest tier, they just want to make it simpler for users.
This one will be called the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, and then as we go further we’ll call it Gen 2, Gen 3 and so on. I think it really simplifies it, and you don’t have to remember three numbers.Ziad Asghar, Qualcomm’s Vice President of Product Management
He then added that the numbers could go up to 4 digits, the name change is in the best intentions to keep things simple.
Survey Says, Consumers Like It
Qualcomm ran a research which found that the general public actually like the new naming system, not only that it was by a landslide ratio of 5 to 1 for the new name.
Although it might take time to assimilate to the new names but it was made to make things simple, so that users know which chip is running their device.
Rest assured that this is not the last of the renaming from the American multinational, Asghar unapologetically stated to TechRadar that they will be renaming more elements of the platform.