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Even if the iPhone 14 is the most powerful phone ever, it is insufficient

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The Qualcomm 8+ Gen 1 demonstrates this.

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I’ll admit that when I first heard about the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, I didn’t fully comprehend it. It’s a new Qualcomm super-powerful processor that’ll be available in Android phones by the end of 2022, and it’ll be a modest step up from the 8 Gen 1 chipset that’s already in the OnePlus 10 Pro, Xiaomi 12, and members of the Samsung Galaxy S22 series that launched in the US.

The headlining features include 10% higher CPU performance, 10% faster GPU clock speeds, and 20% greater AI power efficiency – and we don’t blame you if your eyes glazed over when you first read that. It’s not exactly a flashy new smartphone feature, and it’s the epitome of the phrase “incremental improvement.”

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But that doesn’t matter because Apple’s Bionic CPUs are always speedier than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon rivals, and even as a die-hard Android lover, I’ll acknowledge that the iPhone 14 will likely outperform any of its Android competitors in terms of raw power.

However, when I dug deeper into the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1’s specifications, I realised that while it may not result in phones that are more powerful than the iPhone 14, that isn’t the most essential factor.

The piled-high chips

Chipsets are vital for a smartphone’s processing power, allowing you to play games or edit movies without lags or stutters, but that’s not all they do.

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Consider the camera support on the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 for example. The processor can take images from a 108MP camera with no shutter latency, or three 36MP cameras concurrently with no lag. You can also shoot 8K HDR footage, 10-bit images and films, or use a variety of special effects including noise reduction and AI face detection.

Another example is the display: the chip can simultaneously support a QHD+ resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate, which would fry a weaker chip.

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

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The issue with the iPhone 14

If the iPhone 14 sports a 108MP camera or a QHD+ 144Hz screen, I’ll be really astonished Because Apple rarely chooses flashy specs like those. Indeed, some reports claim that it will not receive a new chipset this year (though the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max apparently will).

It doesn’t matter if it or its Pro brother are the most powerful phones on the market; processing power isn’t everything. Power, in truth, isn’t all that significant.

You’d assume that playing high-end games requires a strong phone, yet Call of Duty Mobile and PUBG New State work so well on a mid-range phone that you don’t need one. In fact, I’d recommend a mid-power phone for several of these games because they don’t overheat as quickly.

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Phones do not need to be very powerful. As a result, iPhones’ massive computing power has mostly been wasted.

What would not be thrown away? A QHD+ 144Hz panel would look beautiful and give a noticeable difference in gaming performance. It would also be nice to be able to shoot 108MP photos without your phone stuttering, so you can take a lot of high-res photos quickly and edit them later.

Even if the iPhone 14 has the world’s most powerful processor, it won’t be enough to compete with the greatest Android smartphones that come out at the same time if it lacks useful features and dazzling specs.

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Fears of an iPhone 14 delay have prompted Apple to pull out all the brakes.

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