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Xiaomi 12 Pro: already tested, the smartphone reveals the big problem of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip

The Xiaomi 12 Pro is one of the first smartphones to use Qualcomm’s new high-end SoC, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. It appears that the chip suffers from the same overheating issues as its predecessor, the Snapdragon 888.

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Xiaomi unveiled its new Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro last Tuesday, and the latter has already been tested by several media in China. The smartphone brings a few new features compared to the previous generation, including a new high-end Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor that Qualcomm unveiled earlier this month. Sadly, it seems that the chip suffers from overheating issues, as was also the case with the Snapdragon 888 which equipped smartphones such as the Xiaomi 11, the OnePlus 9 Pro or the OPPO Find X3 Pro.

According to the first tests of the Xiaomi 12 Pro in China, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 would struggle to maintain a high level of performance over time, since these drop by almost 40% after just a few minutes passed on the CPU Throttling Test benchmark. This decrease in performance seems to be necessary to prevent the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 from overheating, with the processor already reaching 44 degrees at 60% of its power. So it seems voluntarily restrict its performance to prevent your smartphone from burning your fingers.

Xiaomi 12 Pro Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 review
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Samsung burning responsible for overheating issues?

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is the first processor engraved in 4 nm, and production was again entrusted to Samsung. The Korean manufacturer was already working on the production of the Snapdragon 888 for the Xiaomi Mi 11, which had also experienced overheating issues. Samsung uses 4LPX etching for the new chip, while its main competitor, the MediaTek Dimensity 9000, is manufactured by TSMC with more advanced 4nm 4LPE etching.

According to the first tests of the MediaTek Dimensity 9000, its CPU is not only faster, but the chip also withstands heating better. The MediaTek Dimensity 9000 would also be slightly cheaper for smartphone makers than Qualcomm’s chip. We know that the chip should arrive soon in a version of the OPPO Find X4, so tests will be able to confirm whether or not it is more interesting than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

Source: Toutiao

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