watch out for this little extra that changes the game on smartphones

watch out for this little extra that changes the game on smartphones

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)

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.

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.

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.

Model OnePlus 10 Pro OnePlus 10T
AnTuTu 9 811491 754073
AnTuTu processor 150160 126624
GPU AnTuTu 414403 416631
AnTuTu MEM 117469 100661
AnTuTu UX 129459 110157
Brand PC 3.0 11425 10443
3DMark Wildlife 9659 CN
3DMark Wild Life Average Frame Rate 57.80 frames per second CN
3DMark Extreme Wildlife CN 2696
3DMark Wild Life Extreme mid frame rate CN 16 frames per second
GFXBench Aztec Vulkan/Metal high (onscreen/offscreen) 59 / 47 frames per second 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 MB/s 1637 / 1108 MB/s
Random read/write 66244/67250 IOPS 23462 / 67117 IOPS

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