Qualcomm updated their mobile chip offering for 2022 in late November 2021. Unlike previous iterations, the new chip has a new naming convention, dubbed SnapDragon 8 Generation 1. The name change signifies a paradigm shift for Qualcomm as the manufacturer uses a brand new architecture for the SnapDragon 8 Gen 1. Since then, the SnapDragon 8 Gen has appeared on the usual suspects of flagship phones: the Xiaomi 12, Samsung Galaxy S22 series, Motorola Edge 20 Ultra and the Oneplus 11 Pro.
Apple just updated their iPhone and iPad line up to the iPhone 13 and the introduction of the new iPad and iPad Mini. Just like every phone that Apple updates every year, it comes with a new processor that powers the phone. As always, Apple claims that this year is faster by a wide margin than last year’s processors and you will be able to do a lot more with all that power.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ is the updated version of 888. It is basically an improved version of the 888 with a slightly faster base clock speed of 3.0 GHz instead of 2.84GHz in the base 888. There is no new cores introduced in the SOC but any code compiled for 888 will works seamlessly for 888+.
The 888+ was unveiled in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in 2021. As mentioned earlier, the 888+ is basically a higher speed version of the 888.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (888 from here on) and Apple M1 (M1 from here on) processors are CPU designed by respective companies that implements the ARM v8.0 ISA. While both implement the same instruction set, the internal design is totally different to suit their particular needs. One might say that comparing a mobile chip and a laptop chip is not fair, remember that the Snapdragon will be on a Samsung Galaxy Tablet S8 and the M1 is on the new 2021 iPad Pro.