Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus to be launched by the end of May 2022; Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 to arrive after that
Multiple leaks from the past few weeks have tacitly confirmed that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus would be launched earlier than its plus-branded predecessors. Now, Weibo stalward Digital Chat Station says that it could see the light of day sometime in May 2021. Smartphones running the SoC are expected to follow suit next month (June 2022).
Once again, the brand new Qualcomm silicon is rumoured to debut alongside a Motorola-branded flagship, likely the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus will then power Samsung's upcoming foldables, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4, and even Oppo's yet-to-be-named smartphone with a clamshell form factor.
Little is known about the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus' innards, given its lack of appearances on benchmarking platforms. If past releases are anything to go by, it will likely bump up the clock speed on the prime Cortex-X2 core and leave everything else (mostly) the same. However, the CPU core is notoriously power hungry and might force Qualcomm to sacrifice some performance for thermals.
Digital Chat Station adds that the lower-specced Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 is also due for launch after the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus, but neglected to specify a timeline. Its first Geekbench showing was nothing short of a disaster, presumably due to it being pre-production hardware running on unoptimised software.